The Wajarri Yamatji people and the Budina people have celebrated significant native title determinations this week in Western Australia.
I congratulate the Wajarri Yamatji and Budina native title holders and their native title representative body, the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, for the successful outcome of their claims
These determinations are significant as they not only affirm what the traditional owners have always known, but enable the native title holders to look to the future and pursue economic opportunities on their land.
For the first time, the Coalition Government has committed funding that is directly available for native title holders to pursue opportunities to benefit from their native title rights, through the $20 million Prescribed Bodies Corporate Capacity Building Measure.
The Wajarri Yamatji native title claim covers approximately 100,701 square kilometres of land in the mid-west region of Western Australia.
The on-country Federal Court hearing and celebrations were held today at the Wooleen Station at Budara.
First lodged in 2004, the Budina native title determination area covers approximately 4096 square kilometres of land in the Yamatji region. It lies in the Shires of Ashburton, Carnarvon and Upper Gascoyne.
The determination is a major milestone in the Budina people’s journey towards native title recognition.
On Monday the Federal Court handed down the determination on-country and celebrations were held at the Lyndon Station Homestead off the North West Coastal Highway.