A 15-year native title claim has been finalised today with the Federal Court recognising native title over almost 10,500 square kilometres in the South West Pilbara region.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the determination is a great result for the Jurruru people and recognises the hard work of all involved in the claim.
“The claim was first lodged in 2000 and although it represents 15 years of hard work by the Jurruru people, sadly many of the elders in the this area have not lived to see this day,” Minister Scullion said.
“The consent determination recognises the ongoing connection the Jurruru people have with the area that covers many sacred sites including ancient stone engravings and the permanent pools of the Ashburton River.
“The Jurruru People of the Pilbara now have certainty that their rich culture and their rights and interests are preserved for current and future generations.
“The Commonwealth is working with native title holders across the country to ensure native title rights and interests deliver the benefits that it should, including opportunities for native title holders to engage in activities that support their economic development.
“It is my great hope that this native title determination will become a foundation to build sustainable economic and cultural development and build a prosperous future for the next generations of Jurruru People.
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2015-09-02 Jurruru native title determination release.pdf