The South West Native Title Settlement (the Settlement) in Western Australia is the largest native title settlement in Australian history and is considered by many as ‘Australia’s First Treaty’. The Settlement is the resolution of Noongar native title claims in the South West of WA, encompassing approximately 200,000 square kilometres of land and affecting an estimated 30,000 Noongar people.
The Settlement resolves native title claims for perpetuity in exchange for a package of benefits including recognition through an Act of Parliament, a perpetual Noongar Boodja Trust, Land Access to certain crown lands for customary activities, the Co-operative and Joint management of National Parks and the South West Conservation Estate, and funds and land for the development of a Noongar Cultural Centre.
The Settlement enables the Noongar people to join together, manage and ‘control their own destiny, and build a solid future for generations to come.’
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What more can you do?
- Check out the Noongar Settlement Agreement
- Write to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs the Hon Ben S Wyatt MLA to state your support
- Write to Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Kyran O’Donnell MLA to state your support