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Wajarri Yamatji (native title recognised in 2017 and 2018)

Wajarri Yamatji Country

Wajarri Yamatji Country


Claim Background

The Wajarri Yamatji native title claim covers approximately 100,701 square kilometres of land in the Yamatji region. It lies in the City of Greater Geraldton and the Shires of Chapman Valley, Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Northampton, Shark Bay, Upper Gascoyne and Yalgoo. This claim combines the former Wajarri Elders and the Ngoonooru Wadjari claims.

The State has made an offer to negotiate a consent determination over the non-overlapped areas of the Wajarri Yamatji native title claim. Negotiations towards a consent determination between stakeholders and the Wajarri Yamatji claim group are underway.

The claim has been provisionally listed for a consent determination in April 2017. The Wajarri Yamatji claim is overlapped by the Widi Mob and Mullewa Wadjari claims, and YMAC has conducted additional research to seek to facilitate the resolution of the overlaps.

YMAC continues to assist the Wajarri Yamatji claim with negotiations about right to negotiate matters, expedited procedure inquiry matters, and other future acts. Negotiations with the Commonwealth for an Indigenous Land Use Agreement that enables the grant of tenure for Australian Square Kilometre Array Project, to be located at Boolardy Station, are underway.

A range of other right to negotiate matters are in progress. This includes petroleum exploration permits applied for by Palatine Energy, Rusa Resources and Pangaea Resources, and mining leases applied for by Athena Resources and Polaris Australasia Resources. A number of small-project mining lease applications are also being examined.