Native title rights for the Nyangumarta and Karajarri People in Western Australia have today been recognised with a Federal Court hearing, which was delivered on country at Anna Plains station on the Western Australian coast, 250 kilometres south of Broome.
Justice Tony North made a consent determination over the claim for the Nyangumarta and Karajarri People, to recognise their non-exclusive native title rights and interests over an area located in the south western Kimberley region covering approximately 2000 square kilometres.
This consent determination finalises applications made by Nyangumarta and Karajarri Peoples.
The National Native Title Tribunal assisted in mediating between all parties since 2010 and an agreement was reached in May 2012.
Tribunal Member Dan O’Dea said that both the Nyangumarta and Karajarri Peoples have been negotiating and engaging in a co-operative manner which has resulted in this consent determination.
“Through patience and relationships that have been developed through mediation, each of the parties has agreed with each other about terms which settle the co-existence of all interests in the determination area,” said Mr O’Dea.
“The parties are to be congratulated for their willingness to work together co-operatively to resolve native title by agreement.”
The Tribunal also mediated two Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs) between the recognised native title holders and the two pastoral interests that lie within the determination area. Both ILUAs were signed following the consent determination.