Jabiru Native Title claim

Date: Nov 08, 2018

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On Friday 9 November 2018, the Federal Court of Australia will hold a special on-country hearing to recognise the native title rights and interests of the Mirarr People over areas of the Jabiru Township.

On Friday 9 November 2018, the Federal Court of Australia will hold a special on-country hearing to recognise the native title rights and interests of the Mirarr People over areas of the Jabiru Township.

Where: Lakeside Park, Civic Drive, Lake Jabiru, Jabiru 

When: Friday 9 November, 11:00 AM

Five senior Mirrar women who have been central to this claim will be presented with hard copies of the determination: Yvonne Margarula, Nida Mangarnbarr, Annie Ngalmirama, May Nango and Ruth Gamarrawu. Yvonne Margarula is acknowledged as the senior Traditional Owner of the Jabiru Township area and leader of the Mirarr People, a legacy she carries on from her late father.

Native title holders and their families, friends and special guests are invited to attend the ceremony and afterwards have lunch together from about 1:00 PM at Lakeside Park.

NLC CEO Joe Morrison said: “This claim is one part of the bigger struggle by the Mirrar people for recognition of ownership and control of their land within the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.”

“The Mirrar, led by Yvonne Margarula, and before that her late father, have long fought for better protection of their country and this native title determination helps secure for all time important protection and recognition of the Mirarr People’s rights and interests under Australian law,” he said.

The Mirarr estate extends beyond Jabiru to include the areas currently affected by the Ranger uranium mine and the Jabiluka mineral lease.

“We support Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation’s plans for the future of Jabiru and the rehabilitation of the uranium mining areas, ensuring Traditional Owners have control and an economic stake in the future of their traditional lands,” said Mr Morrison.

The application for native title over Jabiru Township and its immediate surrounds (around 13 square kilometres in size) was first filed with the Federal Court in 1998 on behalf of the Mirrar people.

Friday’s determination gives effect to Justice Mansfield’s judgement on 24 August 2016 that the Mirrar hold native title rights over Jabiru Township. Justice Mansfield’s hearing of the claim began in 2013 into whether any executive or legislative acts since European settlement had extinguished native title in the area. Negotiations on the final terms have now been finalised and we look forward to celebrating this milestone on Friday.

NLC contact: Martha Tattersall 0427 031 382