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Dentons advises on landmark conservation agreement for Nari Nari Tribal Council

Dentons advised the Nari Nari Tribal Council on a landmark Conservation Agreement with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust for the management and protection of a Conservation Area of over 55,000 hectares of internationally significant wetlands on Gayini (Nimmie-Caira), in southwestern New South Wales.
Gayini (Nimmia-Caira) is host to some of Australia’s most diverse ecosystems and culturally significant Aboriginal heritage sites. It’s importance to scientific research and international migratory bird species is immeasurable.
The complex negotiation to secure the agreement involved stakeholders, Nari Nari Tribal Council, the Biodiversity Conservation Trust and co-investor The Nature Conservancy, and interested parties such as the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation.
In parallel with the conservation agreement negotiations Dentons managed complex land titling arrangements for the Nari Nari Tribal Council, involving over 90 land titles and arrangements for simultaneous transfer of multiple covenants.
Dentons Planning and Environment Partner Jodie Wauchope advised the Nari Nari Tribal Council in the conservation agreement negotiations. “This is a great outcome for the Nari Nari Tribal Council, leading land and water system managers. Under their careful stewardship, this vast and essential Murray-Darling basin wetland is being managed and regenerated with stunning results. The conservation agreement will support this work,” she said.
Dentons Real Estate Partner John Grimble, led the real estate transactions legal team along with lawyer Nicholas Buxton. John said “It was a privilege to work with the Nari Nari Tribal Council. The resulting agreement is something everyone should be proud of.”
Dentons congratulates the Nari Nari people and all the other participants in the negotiation on achieving a landmark outcome that will have cultural and environmental benefits for generations to come.

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