Six South West Native Title Settlement Indigenous Land Use Agreements have been registered with the National Native Title Tribunal, marking the beginning of South West Native Title Settlement for Noongar community.
The settlement will resolve all native title claims in the South-West in exchange for $1.3 billion in land and other benefits, while the Parliament of Western Australia passed the Noongar Recognition Act to recognise Noongar people as traditional South West land owners.
“The Noongar community has been waiting a long time, and have worked incredibly hard to see this agreement progress,” Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt said, welcoming the decision on Wednesday.
“This will be one of the most significant native title agreements in the country, and will provide social economic and cultural outcomes for Noongar people.”
“The benefits of this agreement will flow to Noongar people for generations to come.”
The registration comes after amendments to the Native Title Act passed last year that provided validation of four of the South-West settlement Indigenous Land Use Agreements involved in a Federal Court challenge in 2017.
Despite the successful registration, objectors could still judicially review in the Federal Court.
Settlement will begin after all legal proceedings have ended.
The State Government and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council will continue working to implement all six agreements.
Mr Wyatt said the settlement is for all Noongar people.
“I would urge everyone to get behind the settlement to ensure that the flow of benefits to the Noongar community can commence as soon as possible,” he said.