Mintabie Township Lease Agreement

Mintabie is an opal mining community in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY country) in southern Australia. It was unique in comparison to other APY Lands municipalities, as most of its inhabitants were non-Aboriginal of Australian origin and since the 1980s the country had been leased to the South Australia government for opal operations. The previous government accepted all 14 recommendations and announced the termination of the mintabie Township lease. The Labor government has pledged to give 12 months` notice to non-Anangu who live and work in the township. The Aborigines were the first humans to find opals in the area; During World War I, they exchanged black opals with Coober Pedy. The conditions were difficult, and it was not until 1976, with the help of new big machines, that non-Aboriginal people came to the territory to think so, and a small community was founded. [6] At about the same time, Anangu began his fight for land rights. When the South Australian Parliament began to think seriously about granting land rights to the region, an increasing number of Opal miners set up operations around Mintabie. [7] After extensive discussions with the Pitjantjatjara Council and the Mintabie Progress Association, the Parliamentary Committee recommended that the territory covered by the Municipality of Mintabie be included in the granting of land to Anangu, but that it be reimbursed to the Crown for a period of 21 years. Such an agreement would allow the Crown to “issue annual licences to people who…

and live in Mintabie. [13] The committee presented its report on March 3, 1981 and the bill was submitted by Parliament. On October 2, 1981, the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act came into force in 1981, which granted Anangu the inalienable title to APY Lands. On that day, the municipality of Mintabie was leased as “by Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara to the Crown for a 21-year term” until 21 October 2002, in accordance with Section 28 (2) of the Act. [10] “Last year, the Prime Minister wrote to the Prime Minister asking us to review the closure of the municipality of Mintabie and return it to the APY,” he said. On April 20, 2012, after the APY granted several previous extensions and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy replaced the Minister of Soil Lands as the competent Minister,[17] an agreement was reached between four parties (APY, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation and Mintabie Miners Progress Association). , and the lease to the City was extended until June 30, 2027 (later amended to October 2, 2027),[17] unless the terms of a previous termination were met. [10] To learn more about the current situation in Mintabie and the Liberal government`s response, we are talking to the Minister responsible for the Mintabie leasing contract, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister of Honour.