Indigenous people in north Queensland have expressed a desire to develop sustainable commercial agroforestry enterprises to provide local employment, enable people to work on country and to improve health and well-being. However, several factors must be addressed in order to create socio-political frameworks that are conducive to economic development in particular circumstances. For each project venture, strategic collaboration and partnerships between government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the private sector are required, with a view to an integrated holistic approach that links all the critical elements, and this publication addresses these collaborating participants.
Much of the information in Part 2 has wider application beyond agroforestry to economic development in Aboriginal communities more generally. The consultation framework could also be utilised in other locations, although the influence and status of native title groups varies from State to State depending on the nature of Statebased land rights legislation.