Uluru Lease Agreement
The sublease is owned by the Federal Government`s Municipal Leasing Office until a new local company is qualified and ready to take over. Uluru (Ayers Rock-Mount Olga) The National Park was founded in 1975 by the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act. Legislative changes were made in 1985 to develop aboriginal land management plans in Commonwealth National Parks and to establish boards of directors for the majority of Aboriginal people. The Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Director, the Australian Conservation Agency, is responsible for developing management plans, making decisions consistent with the park management plan, overseeing park management and advising the Minister on all aspects of future park development. (71) The current administrative arrangements are set by a lease agreement signed in 1985, but basically renegotiated in 1991. There is only one community, Mutitjulu, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and all Australian Conservation Agency employees live in the community. The social and cultural fragmentation and administrative decentralization that characterizes Kakadu National Park do not exist in Uluru-Kata Tjuta, which significantly undermines the dynamics of joint management operations. On October 26, 1985, the Australian government returned Uluru`s property to the local Pitjantjatjara, on the basis of the conditions under which the Aṉangu would lease it for 99 years to the National Parks and Wildlife Agency and jointly manage it. An agreement initially reached between the municipality and Prime Minister Bob Hawke to halt the ascent of tourists to the summit was subsequently broken.     The Australian Conservation Agency is considered, in particular by some Jawoyn leaders, to be centralized and controlling, and the position of Director of National Parks and Wildlife is seen as a means of preventing or restricting direct access to the Minister. As part of the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Agreement, the Jawoyn Association has direct access to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. Park staff and traditional owners have proposed that the Kakadu Board of Directors be essentially weak, dominated by the non-Aboriginal minority of qualified, articulate, powerful, and appointed officials, and limited by formalized and non-Aboriginal administrative procedures and the lack of pre-meeting consultations. The creation of a secretariat in support of the Board of Directors is a positive step towards strengthening Aboriginal decision-making.
After the ceremony, Ross told The Guardian Australia that he felt that if press releases and speeches were to be sent in advance, it was “a bit of a farce.” Kakadu Aboriginal Land Trust – Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Memorandum of lease. np, 1991. Harris, A. (editor). A good idea waiting for bites: regional agreements in Australia. Cairns, Cape York Land Council and Australian Conservation Foundation, 1995.