Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Ms Melissa Price
- Native title recognised in the Middle Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
- The claims cover approximately 12,000 square kilometres of land and sea country
The Bindunbur, Jabirr Jabirr and Ngumbarl native title claim groups are celebrating the recognition of native title over the Middle Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the Nyul Nyul, Nimanburr, Jabirr Jabirr and Ngumbarl peoples on their success and for achieving legal acknowledgment of what they have always known – that they are the true and genuine traditional owners of the Middle Dampier Peninsula.
“This determination is a triumph of rational, fact-based legal processes over hysterical and patently false cultural and economic vandalism driven by interstate, inner-city extremists,” Minister Scullion said.
The native title determination includes James Price Point, which could have been home to a major economic development project with Woodside Energy which it is reported would have generated $1.5 billion for local Aboriginal communities.
“Unfortunately, the real traditional owners who have been recognised today were not listened to by the green left activists who blocked their aspirations for the development of their land and forced the major commercial project to be abandoned.
“It is abhorrent that green-left activists like Missy Higgins and John Butler took advantage of Aboriginal people and tried to create uncertainty about their native title rights to push their own politically motivated agenda.
“The sanctimonious self-righteous campaign we saw by these FIFO celebrity activists would have been a laughing matter if their blatant hypocrisy hadn’t resulted in keeping the poorest of our fellow citizens in poverty.
“I hope Missy Higgins and John Butler and their foreign funded backers will now apologise to the real traditional owners and indeed to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for so blatantly misappropriating Indigenous culture to suit their own political purposes.
“What do inner city greenies have against Aboriginal people who want to pursue their own aspirations for development, just like any other Australian?
“From today, the real traditional owners have control of their land – free of influence from green left activists – and I look forward to working with them to ensure they can take charge of their future. “
The Coalition Government continues to support the aspirations of native title holders across Australia to develop and support economic growth in their own land and waters and the Government is providing $20.4 million to ensure native title claims deliver economic benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Member for Durack, Melissa Price, said that the traditional owners have worked for many years to achieve this outcome.
“They are to be congratulated on their strength, resilience and hard work and I look forward to working with the local community to pursue their own aspirations to use their land.”
The claims cover approximately 12,000 square kilometres of land and sea country. The Kimberley region is now around 80 per cent determined as native title land.