The FINANCIAL — Attorney-General Robert McClelland today welcomed the Federal Court’s recognition of native title rights in the Wanjina-Wunggurr Dambimangari claim in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Attorney-General for Australia published this information yesterday. The consent determination covers approximately 27,937 square kilometres of land and sea, and recognises both exclusive and non-exclusive native title rights over the claim area.
The traditional owners’ native title rights include the right to live, camp, hunt and fish and engage in cultural activities on the land.
Mr McClelland congratulated the native title holders on the determination of their rights.
“Parties took a constructive and flexible approach to reach agreement on the determination, and that is to be encouraged,” Mr McClelland said.
“It is timely this determination has been made at the start during reconciliation week. This year’s theme is Let’s Talk Recognition, which is fitting as this decision recognising the Wanjina Wunggur Dambimangari people’s relationship with their traditional lands.
“The settlement is a significant achievement for all involved, and a celebration of the strength and vitality of the Wanjina-Wunggurr Dambimangari people’s remarkable ongoing culture.
According to Attorney-General, The Wanjina-Wunggurr Dambimangari native title consent determination hearing was held at Cone Bay in the Kimberley.
It is the second native title consent determination in the Kimberley this week, with the Federal Court recognising native title rights in the Wanjina-Wunggurr Uunguu claim on Monday.