traditional owners authorize sale of ‘crucial’ land for 90 new Epsom lots | Bendigo Advertiser


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TRADITIONAL The owners will allow developers to purchase a piece of Crown land in a deal touted as “crucial” to secure 90 new lots for Epsom. This could be the start of a major breakthrough in efforts to add new land to YourLand Development’s Top Paddock Estate off Ironstone Road. The developers are still in the early stages of further negotiations with the government over the sale, but a new deal with the traditional owners allows each party to move forward discussions on a 1,500 water channel reserve. square meters. Under state law, traditional owners must agree through negotiation if people want to develop Crown land. More news: Bendigo registers 141 active COVID-19 cases as total number of states declines. The developers want to buy the land so that they can continue to add 167 lots to their project, after several years of delay. They contacted DJAARA – the aboriginal cooperative that represents the interests of Dja Dja Wurrung – in September 2020 to see if an agreement on the ground could be reached. Under the terms of the newly signed deal, the government would sell the land and Dja Dja Wurrung would be compensated with an undisclosed sum, DJAARA executive team director Jim Brooks said. “When Crown land is sold, the traditional owner can no longer exercise the recognized rights in that area. [of law]”, he said.” This helps in part to compensate the traditional owners for the rights they have lost. how everyone could earn under state law. [developers’] A constructive approach to working with us is gracious and a shining example of cooperation to meet the needs of the community, providing better access to homes and hearths in the native lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, ”he said. It only took DJAARA and the developers three weeks to settle on a tentative deal, although there was a one-year delay to ensure the final documents were correct. The developers and Dja Dja Wurrung signed the documents on Monday. The deal isn’t the first of its kind that Dja Dja Wurrung has negotiated with developers, but it’s part of a growing trend across the development industry, Mr. Brooks. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: