Two long-running native title claims covering land in the Northern Territory town of Borroloola have been resolved at a historic on-country sitting of the Federal Court today.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the determination recognised exclusive possession over vacant crown land as well as rights to take and use resources for any purpose, including commercial opportunities.
“This is a great result for the Rrumburriya Borroloola people who have made history today. This is the first time these kinds of commercial rights have been recognised in the Northern Territory,” Minister Scullion said.
“This land and its people have a long and proud history. During this hearing, material was presented to the Federal Court showing evidence of trading with Macassan people from Indonesia prior to British settlement. This is another example of the rich and prosperous culture of our First Australians.”
Minister Scullion congratulated the Rrumburriya Borroloola Claim Group and its representative, the Northern Land Council, on achieving the determination.
“With native title affirmed, focus can now turn to maximising the opportunities and benefits that can be derived from your native title rights and building a prosperous future for the next generation of Rrumburriya Borroloola people,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Australian Government is working with native title holders across the country to ensure native title rights and interests deliver the benefits they should, including opportunities for native title holders to engage in activities that support their economic development.”
Further information about the Government’s commitment to supporting indigenous land owners and native title holders is available at: www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/land