The Arakwal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) led to the formation of Arakwal National Park. This was the first time a national park had been created under an ILUA in Australia.
Two subsequent ILUAs were signed in 2006. These ILUAs build on the Arakwal ILUA (ILUA 1) and cover nature reserves in Byron Bay plus additions to Arakwal National Park (ILUA 2), and the Ti Tree Lake Aboriginal Area (ILUA 3).
In 2003 the Arakwal ILUA was internationally recognised as an effective model to use to resolve native title claims. It was awarded the prestigious Fred M Packard award for distinguished achievements in wildlife preservation by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
These ILUAs include land, beaches and coastal waters between Brunswick Heads to the north, Broken Head to the south, Mullumbimby and Bangalow to the west and about 3 nautical miles east of the average high-water mark.
The Bundjalung people of Byron Bay (Arakwal), a range of community groups, the Byron Shire Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage/National Parks and Wildlife Service work together to manage these lands.
Date agreement was signed: 28 August 2001 (Arakwal ILUA 1) and December 2006 (Byron Bay ILUA 2 and Ti Tree Lake ILUA 3)
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