Native title recognition in New South Wales marked a new chapter this week with the Federal Court handing down landmark determinations for the Yaegl people and Western Bundjalung people.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today congratulated both the Yaegl people and Western Bundjalung people for their long fight for native title and recognition of their Country.
For the Western Bundjalung people, this landmark determination covers more than 5,000 square kilometres and contains 24 national parks, nature reserves and state conservation areas.
This determination for the Yaegl people also marks an important milestone as the determination recognised the seaward component of Yaegl people’s native title rights and interests which had already taken nearly 20 years to realise.
“These important determinations mean that the traditional owners of this land can finally live on and have their ongoing traditional practices recognised by Australian law under the Native Title Act 1993,” Minister Scullion said.
“I look forward to working with you over coming years as you realise the benefit of native title for you and your community.
“I congratulate the Yaegl people and the Western Bundjalung people for their patience, courage and determination in their long journey towards native title recognition. I would also like to recognise the elders who have passed away over the years and never managed to see this long-fought outcome.”