On 31 August 2017, the State of Western Australia invited Southern Yamatji, Hutt River, Mullewa Wadjari and Widi Mob claim groups to enter into negotiations about an alternative settlement of native title claims.
Negotiations formally started on 6 November 2017 with the signing of the Grant Agreement that commits the State to funding parts of the negotiation process. Current negotiations are expected to lead to an agreement called the Geraldton Alternative Settlement Agreement (the Agreement). The Agreement will be an agreement between the State and the Geraldton claim groups.
On 8 November 2017, the Federal Court set a deadline for the State and the four claim groups to negotiate the Agreement and register the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) by 27 December 2019.
The four native title claim groups currently involved in the Agreement negotiations are collectively known as the Separate Proceeding Area (SPA) claims. YMAC will provide ongoing advice and representation to the native title claim groups that it represents in the SPA, which are currently Hutt River and Southern Yamatji.
What is the Yamatji Nation Southern Regional Agreement (YNSRA)?
The YNSRA will be an agreement between the State and the Geraldton claim groups.
Note: the Agreement was previously called “GASA”. A name change to YNSRA was implemented in July 2018. Some legacy documents that pre-date this name change will refer to the Agreement and the negotiations as “GASA”.
What is the role of the Federal Court in the negotiations?
The YNSRA negotiations are being run as Federal Court mediations. A Federal Court Judicial Registrar has been appointed as the mediator, and facilitates each negotiation meeting.
The Registrar reports to the Federal Court on progress made towards the deadline of 27 December 2019 to reach an agreement and register the ILUA.
Who negotiates on behalf of the claim groups?
The four SPA claims have set up a 12-person Traditional Owner Negotiation Team (TONT). Through their Working Groups or Applicant Groups, each of the four claims has nominated and authorised representatives to be on the TONT.
Negotiations with the representatives of the State of Western Australia began on 14-15 November 2017 in Geraldton. The TONT will continue to negotiate face to face with the State to reach the best possible agreement.
The aim is to achieve an agreement that reflects the aspirations and needs of the Geraldton Traditional Owner community as a whole. Any agreement that is reached will need to be endorsed by the community. The current TONT members are:
Mullewa Wadjari Representatives
Leedham Papertalk Snr
Hutt River Representatives
Widi Mob Representatives
Southern Yamatji Representatives
Leedham Papertalk Snr
7 February 2020 – Media Statement from YMAC and WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister
A landmark Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) and Yamatji Nation Claim consent determination was celebrated in Geraldton on 7 February 2020 following an on-Country Federal Court Hearing.
YMAC’s release can be read here
Please read the Minister’s release here
11 December 2019 – Media Statement from WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister
Following the two day December 2019 Authorisation meeting, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt, released a statement announcing the outcome voted for by claimants who attended the meeting.
The Minister’s release can be read here
YMAC’s response to the Minister’s release can be read here
27 September 2019 – Media Statement from WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt has today released a Media Statement entitled Comprehensive Native Settlement over Geraldton and the Mid-West, which provides an announcement about the Yamatji Nation Southern Regional Agreement (YNSRA).
Details of the Agreement remain confidential while the matter is in Federal Court mediation, until a final decision is made by the YNSRA claimants at a later date.
Please read the Minister’s Media Statement at the link below.
Date: Friday 7 February 2020
Time: 09.45am – 12.30pm
RSVP: Call (08) 9965 6222 by Thursday, 30 January.
Notice of Two Day Authorisation Meeting for Yamatji Nation Southern Regional Agreement in Western Australia.
The Yamatji Nation Southern Regional Agreement will be decided at a two day meeting on 8 and 9 December, in Geraldton.
8 December is an information session about the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).
9 December is the Authorisation meeting for the ILUA.
For more information please select the link for your claim group:
Further details about Day One of the meetings are contained in the event program and map:
Are you a claimant in the YNSRA Separate Proceeding Area?
We have a lawyer and Anthropologist at our Geraldton office
who can answer your questions about the Agreement.
Call ahead on (08) 9965 6222 to let us know you’re coming. We’ll put the kettle on!
Every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm until the Authorisation Meeting on 9 December.
Uncertain if you are eligible?
Read more in the Terms and Conditions at the link below or call us at (08) 9965 6222.
The winner receives $3000 (inc. GST) and the Artwork will be exhibited at a YNSRA event in November at Geraldton.
Share your creativity with us and you could be the winner! All you need to do is submit a two dimensional work of art in any medium.
To enter download the Terms and Conditions and Entry Forms at the link below and post in or email your completed entry form by the following date.
See the Artwork Competition Flyer at the link below for addresses to YMAC Perth and Geraldton offices.
Good luck to all entrants!
YNSRA Newsletter 05 | 27/09/19 | YNSRA newsletter 05
YNSRA Newsletter 04 | 04/04/19| YNSRA Newsletter 04
YNSRA Newsletter 03 | 07/11/18 | YNSRA Newsletter 03
GASA Newsletter 02 | 24/04/18 | Link download: GASA news
GASA Newsletter 01 | 02/03/18 | Link download: GASA news
2019 Community Information Sessions
10 community information sessions are being held from Wednesday 6 March and Thursday 28 March 2019 in different locations around Western Australia.
All members of Hutt River, Mullewa Wadjari, Southern Yamatji and Widi Mob claims are invited to attend one or more meetings.
Please note: The sessions are not open to the public or media and only members of these claim groups may attend.
For more information about the community sessions and to view the schedule and locations for March 2019 please click here.
Outside of these scheduled meetings, YMAC staff members are available to meet briefly with individuals and groups. Please let the YMAC YNSRA team know if you are interested in this option by filling in the “Contact Us” form at the bottom of this web page.
To download a copy of the YNSRA Community Information Sessions Feedback Form click here.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PORT HEDLAND SESSION ON 28TH MARCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
|Beckenham (City of Gosnells)||6 March||Mills Park Centre,
86 Brixton Street, Beckenham
|Belmont (City of Belmont)||7 March||Centenary Park Community Centre, (Multipurpose Room)
Corner Daly Street/Barker Street, Belmont
|Northampton||13 March||RSL Hall, Cnr of Essex Street and Great North West Costal Highway, Northampton||
|14 March||The Woolshed,
21 Robinson Street, Carnarvon
|Geraldton||14 March||Posh Events & Functions Centre,
218 Marine Terrace, Geraldton
|Geraldton||25 March||Posh Events & Functions Centre,
218 Marine Terrace, Geraldton
|Atwell (City of Cockburn)||25 March||Atwell Community Centre, (Multipurpose Room)
9 Lombe Gardens, Atwell
|Mullewa||26 March||Mullewa Sports Club, Main Road, Mullewa||5.30pm|
|Tuart Hill (City of Stirling)||26 March||Tuart Hill Community Centre, Social Room
Corner Cape and Stoneham Streets, Tuart Hill
Hear from the Traditional Owner Negotiation Team (TONT), why it is important you are involved in the YNSRA.
Carol Martin :
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