Joint Media Release with Member for Cowper The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP
The Gumbaynggirr people today celebrated a significant native title determination on country at Urunga, northern New South Wales.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion congratulated the Gumbaynggirr native title holders and their representative, NTSCORP Limited.
“This historic determination is another important step in what has been a long journey for the Gumbaynggirr people,” said Minister Scullion.
The Gumbaynggirr native title claim commenced 20 years ago, with a number of significant amendments before the first determination in 2014.
“I look forward to working with native title holders to manage their native title and pursue opportunities for economic development.”
The Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker said that the consent determination is a strong example of the native title system working alongside the NSW Land Rights system.
“Importantly, this determination ensures that the Gumbaynggirr people’s continuing connection with country, their ongoing care for its sites and practices will be recognised by Australian law.
“I congratulate everyone who has worked on this determination over the years, and acknowledge the many elders who have passed away while the claim has been prosecuted.”
Following years of work, the Gumbaynggirr native title applicants and representatives of the state and local Aboriginal Land Councils have agreed to enter a consent determination and work together to negotiate other agreements.
The Federal Court formally recognised this Gumbaynggirr native title determination this morning on country at Urunga.