11/06/2009 - 06:49

Govt reaches native title agreement

11/06/2009 - 06:49

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The state government has reached a native title agreement with the Nyangumarta people covering almost 32,000-square-kilometres of land and waters in the Pilbara.

Govt reaches native title agreement

The state government has reached a native title agreement with the Nyangumarta people covering almost 32,000-square-kilometres of land and waters in the Pilbara.

 

The full statement is pasted below:

A native title determination covering approximately 31,843 square kilometres of Pilbara land and waters has been reached between the Liberal-National Government and the Nyangumarta people.

After 10 years, and in the absence of a resolution under the former Labor government, Attorney General Christian Porter will announce the agreement at Eighty Mile Beach today.

Mr Porter said the determination, made by consent, demonstrated the Liberal-National Government's commitment to seeing Aboriginal people benefit from their native title rights.

"As native title holders, the Nyangumarta people will have the opportunity to play an important role in the ongoing management of this Pilbara land," he said.

"The State Government is committed to working with the Nyangumarta people to create a positive future for future generations."

The Minister said the diversity of the Nyangamarta people's native title land would provide them with wide-ranging opportunities for collaborative work with both industry - including pastoralists and members of the fishing industry - and government.

"An Indigenous Land Use Agreement has already been signed with the pastoralists in the area, which is a positive step for all those with interests in these lands" Mr Porter said.

"I would like to congratulate all the parties on today's determination, and hope that similar future agreements will not take more than 10 years in the making.

"This native title determination is pivotal to the future of the Nyangumarta people and I hope they view this determination as the Liberal-National Government does - as the start of an opportunity for the Aboriginal people to benefit from the co-operative use of these lands."

 

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