A native title claim covering approximately 6100 square kilometres south-west of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has been finalised today with the Federal Court recognising native title on Ngarlawangga country.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the determination, delivered at the Tom Price Sports Stadium, recognised what the Ngarlawangga people had always known: that this was their country.
“Recognising the rights of Indigenous owners to these lands is particularly important because of the significance of land to Indigenous customs, law and society,” Minister Scullion said.
“Today’s determination of native title guarantees the Ngarlawangga people a stake in negotiations about the future of their country as well as ensuring full social and economic participation for generations to come. Most importantly, the recognition ensures they will continue to be, as they always have been, the traditional owners of their land.”
The Turnbull Coalition recognises the importance of supporting native title holders who want to pursue economic development opportunities and has allocated more than $20 million to directly support traditional owners who want to pursue this – the first time this funding has been directly allocated for traditional owners.
Minister Scullion congratulated the Ngarlawangga people and their legal representative, the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation.