Property NSW Signs MOU with Aboriginal Land Council

Property NSW and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (Darkinjung) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to encourage engagement on a planning proposal proposed to be lodged over NSW Government land at Peat Island and Mooney Mooney.

CEO of Property NSW, Brett Newman, said the MoU is aimed at fostering collaboration with the Darkinjung on the planning proposal for the NSW Government land at Peat Island, on the Central Coast.

“The MoU acknowledges the importance of the Darkinjung as a key stakeholder and shows that both parties are willing to work together to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved for the land,” Mr Newman said.

Darkinjung has lodged Aboriginal Land Claims on a portion of the NSW Government land, and these claims are currently with Crown Lands for assessment and resolution.

“The MoU will ensure the planning proposal can be progressed in tandem with the land claims assessment, and with the full cooperation and commitment of both parties,” Mr Newman said.

The MoU shows the NSW Government’s commitment to work closely with Indigenous communities to ensure any cultural, social and economic issues are properly understood and managed.

Chairperson of Darkinjung LALC, Tina West, said: “We look forward to working with Property NSW on the future of Peat Island. This MOU demonstrates Property NSW values the role of Darkinjung as a key stakeholder in this project, and acknowledges its right to lodge claims on crown land.”

Following consultation with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), Property NSW is in the process of preparing an updated planning proposal for the land that will be resubmitted to Council and the DPE in the coming months.