De Rose Hill: then, now and tomorrow.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Ms Michelle Cioffi
Mr Rex Tjami

Native title over De Rose Hill was determined in 2005, recognising long held rights and interests of Western Desert Anangu. Looking back, this was a huge achievement as it meant the return to country for traditional owners and the physical and spiritual reconnection with land. In reality, the determination area, being congruent with the De Rose Hill pastoral station, has meant that the rights of the lessee and native title holders co-exist. However, traditional owners are at odds with this clash and striking a balance has not been easy. How can native title be recognised in one breath and undermined in the next? How can country and culture be enjoyed now and preserved for future generations? And what role does the PBC play?

This presentation discusses the consent determination and compensation, and the success, relief and pain experienced along the journey. It also discusses how the PBC is looking forward to business opportunities in order to secure cultural continuity and autonomy. In particular, we discuss the current JV business model being explored for the establishment of a pastoral company and how it is working with stakeholders and the NTRB to realise a dream of owning and operating its first business.