The country’s largest native title settlement valued at $1.3 billion dollars has been reached in WA. The Noongar native title settlement covers 200,000 square kilometres of land, and effects more than 30,000 people.
In 2015 Aboriginal groups in Western Australia’s south west agreed to the establishment of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA’s) with former Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett. The National Native Title Tribunal eventually granted six ILUA’s. but the deal faced legal concerns with claimants failing to sign off on five of them.
The South West Aboriginal Land Council says it is a great opportunity for the Noongar people to come together, to control their own destiny, and to build a solid future for generations to come”.
But not everyone is happy with the determination. Mervyn Eades, a Noongar man and one of the claimants says the decision is nothing to be proud of
Despite the registrations, claimants opposed to the agreement are looking to go to the Federal Court and pursue a review.
Mervyn Eades speaks here with Kyle Dowling for CAAMA Radio in the below audio.