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Native Title recognition for ten Territory stations and the town of Daly Waters

Posted: Wed, June 27, 2012

Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill has welcomed today’s native title determination over the Northern Territory township of Daly Waters and ten surrounding pastoral stations.

Speaking from Newcastle Waters, the historic location steeped in the history of land rights, Mr Hill said it was a significant occasion for Aboriginal peoples in the region.

“Determinations like this first and foremost give traditional owners recognition of their culture and land rights,” Mr Hill said.

"In addition, it awards a right to have an input in any future non-pastoral use of this, their traditional land.”

At a ceremonial sitting of the Federal Court, Justice Lander awarded non-exclusive native title rights over the stations of Amungee Mungee, Beetaloo, Mungabroom, Vermelha, Maryfield, Forrest Hill, Kalala, Hayfield, Shenandoah and Ucharonidge. This is an area of almost 30,000 km².

Non-exclusive rights were also granted over the township of Daly Waters.

Mr Hill said celebrations like this one remind us that the land rights movement that began in earnest in the 60s and 70s is still alive and well all these years later. "

"Sadly, many people who pioneer these claims don’t live to see them come to fruition but that’s what makes it so important for this generation to continue the fight.”

Mr Hill commended the Northern Territory Government, pastoralists and other stakeholders for reaching agreement without the need for lengthy contested proceedings.

Today’s Native Title recognition followed a consent determination in March this year for the township of Mataranka. Last year native title was awarded to large clusters of pastoral lease land both near the Northern Territory-Western Australia border and in the Victoria River district.


For a PDF version of the media release, click here.