Protest 40 years ago paved way for KLC

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Wad­dell

One of the na­tion’s most suc­cess­ful na­tive ti­tle rights groups marked its 40th year last week by recre­at­ing a mon­u­men­tal his­tor­i­cal event.

The Kim­ber­ley Land Coun­cil kicked off its mile­stone cel­e­bra­tions with a re-en­act­ment of the march at Noonkan­bah in 1978, which marked the be­gin­ning of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The protest came about after a min­ing com­pany planned to drill for oil on sa­cred ground but Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple from around the re­gion trav­elled to fight against the pro­posal.

Since then, the KLC has been em­broiled in a num­ber of na­tive ti­tle cases in the Kim­ber­ley and re­cently hosted two of the big­gest con­fer­ences in the re­gion— the 2017 Indige­nous Ranger Fo­rum and this year’s Na­tional Na­tive Ti­tle Con­fer­ence.

The group was recog­nised as the na­tive ti­tle rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for the Kim­ber­ley in 1993.

THe Kim­ber­ley Land Coun­cil's re-en­act­ment of the Noonkan­bah march, a piv­otal mo­ment in its his­tory.

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