One of the largest native title claims in Queensland has been finalised today with the Federal Court recognising over 33,820 square kilometres in far west Queensland.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said he was pleased the native title claim, which at one stage was headed for litigation, has now been resolved by consent.
“The claim was first lodged in 2002 and today represents 13 years of hard work by the Mithaka People,” Minister Scullion said.
“This determination recognises the endurance of the Mithaka People, and their native title rights under Australian law.
“The Mithaka People of the magnificent Channel country in far western Queensland now have certainty that their rich culture and their rights and interests are preserved for future generations.
“It is my great hope that securing native title will provide Mithaka People with the foundation to build sustainable economic and cultural development and ensure prosperity through their designated corporate entity, the Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation.
“This will ensure Mithaka People can obtain the economic benefits that native title can bring through their native title corporation, the Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation.”
The Mithaka People were represented in their claim by Queensland South Native Title Services which is supported by Commonwealth funding.
Today’s determination is the 14th positive native title determination handed down by the Federal Court this year.
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2015-10-27 Mithaka native title determination.pdf