City group to ad­dress is­sues of na­tive ti­tle

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A work­ing group will be es­tab­lished for the City of Kar­ratha to en­gage with tra­di­tional own­ers to en­sure that the na­tive ti­tle rights of the Ngar­luma peo­ple are re­spected.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the group sig­nalled a more proac­tive ap­proach to na­tive ti­tle.

“We want to make sure we have an open di­a­logue with the Ngar­luma tra­di­tional own­ers and to es­tab­lish pro­to­cols for work­ing through na­tive ti­tle is­sues in our City,” he said.

“There are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the City and Ngar­luma Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion to work to­gether and I hope NAC will ac­cept our in­vi­ta­tion to join this work­ing group to un­leash this po­ten­tial.”

The work­ing group is pro­posed to com­prise coun­cil­lors Peter Long, Garry Bai­ley, Fiona White-Har­tig and Evette Smeathers, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from NAC.

The Ngar­luma peo­ple were granted non-ex­clu­sive rights over Kar­ratha, Wick­ham and Point Samson in De­cem­ber.

The town­sites were orig­i­nally ex­cluded from the 2005 Ngar­luma/ Yind­jibarndi de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Ya­matji Marlpa Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Hawkins said they were orig­i­nally ex­cluded be­cause of ten­ure is­sues.

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