Members of the Wubalawun group have triumphed in their bid to earn recognition of native title over the town of Larrimah.
The Northern Territory town was the final area being pursued by the Wubalawun group, which holds native title over surrounding pastoral leases.
Minster for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion called it a special moment for the traditional owners of the land.
“Significantly, this determination of native title includes rights of access and taking of resources for any purpose, including commercial purposes, which presents great opportunities for the native title holders,” Minister Scullion said.
“This is the first time native title rights of this nature has been recognised in the Northern Territory by agreement with the Northern Territory Government and native title claimants without going to trial.
“It is a fantastic outcome for the rightful owners of this land. It is theirs and they are deserving of this recognition.
“It is our hope that this determination will pave the way for recognition of native title in other parts of the Northern Territory without the need for costly trials.”
Native title over parts of the town of Larrimah was first claimed in 2001 and extended in 2011 to include the whole town.
Across Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had native title claims finalised over approximately 40 per cent of land. The Australian Government is committed to seeing all outstanding claims resolved as soon as possible.