The Federal Court of Australia has formally recognised the rights of the Yinggarda, Baiyungu and Thalanyji people as the native title holders over a combined determination area of 71,354 square kilometres.
The on-Country court hearing was emotional and long awaited occasion held at Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre in Carnarvon on 17 December, 2019. The Federal Court, representatives of the State and Federal governments, other parties and importantly, the Traditional Owners came together to witness this historic occasion.
It has taken two decades of perseverance and commitment by the Yinggarda, Baiyungu and Thalanyji people to reach today’s determination. The journey to this milestone began 22 years ago, when the first initial claim for people who form the Gnulli claim was lodged on 14 April, 1997.
The judgement by Hon. Justice John Griffiths means that the Native Title Holders will continue to have a role in looking after their country through exercising their relevant procedural rights, such as the right to consultation, and the right to negotiate in relation to development in the Determination Area, including mining.
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