City group to address issues of native title
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.