has proved to be essential for the success of native title negotiations on the ground. This work has been assisted by the congress of native title management committees, which was formed in 2000.
The Main-table parties first developed mineral exploration templates that were tested in on-the-ground negotiations in the far north of South Australia in late 2002. These negotiations, which concluded in 2003, resulted in two indigenous land use agreements being registered over an area of 150,000 sq km of the State.
After this success, other template agreements were developed and tested on the ground, including the pastoral sector.
The Friday before last, I was in Canberra for a national meeting of Native Title Ministers, convened by the Commonwealth Attorney- General, the Hon. Phillip Ruddock. The meeting served as an illustration of how well the policy of negotiation has served South Australia and how far ahead of the other States we are as a result of that sensible bi-partisan approach.
The Narungga local government ILUA was negotiated virtually from a blank piece of paper and now forms the basis of a template that is being considered for adoption by other councils. Further work has seen the development of an ILUA specifically to assist development in outback towns by indigenous and non-indigenous people alike. Currently fishing and aquaculture negotiations are