Pilki people of Western Australia had their native title rights formally recognised in a decision handed down today by the Federal Court of Australia.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the Pilki people on the determination of ‘exclusive possession’ native title for 24,400 square kilometres of land in the Great Victoria Desert.
“This is a great day for Pilki people in having their native title rights formally recognised by Australian Law,” Minister Scullion said.
“For the past 12 years, the Pilki people have been waiting for their claim to be finalised and I congratulate them for reaching a successful end to their campaigning.
The decision for native title gives the community ownership and an opportunity to welcome others to their country.
“The Pilki are proud of their culture and want to build a better future for generations to come,” Minister Scullion said.
“This determination allows the Traditional Owners to take responsibility for looking after the land they have a deep spiritual connection with.
“I wish the Pilki people all the best as they embark on a new phase in their journey and work together to reap the economic benefits that native title brings.”
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2014-12-02 Scullion MR – Native Title for Pilki People.pdf