Native Title in the News - January 2015

Native Title in the News - January 2015

AIATSIS Research

Jan, 2015
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31/01/2015

QLD

Home Ownership Dreaming

As of 1 January 2015 residents of Indigenous towns in Queensland have the option to buy their homes and convert communal land to freehold. Many want ‘the great Australian dream’, but it will extinguish native title and may expose communities to the open real estate market for the first time

ABC Radio National, Australia, 31 January 2015

30/01/2015

QLD

Cairns woman ‘stole $50k from trust’

Police charged a 59 year old woman with fraud for using her position as co-chair of the Gulf Aboriginal Development Company to transfer the cash to personal accounts between May and October last year. The company represents native title groups and manages compensation payments from the Pasminco Century zinc mine, northwest of Mount Isa.

7 News, Australia,
30 January 2015

29/01/2015

Overseas

Saweto community of late Edwin Chota to win land rights

Alto Tamaya-Saweto, a community in Peru’s Amazon Ucayali region, will receive titles to their land after a 12 year lawsuit filed by their murdered leader, Edwin Chota.

National, International,
29 January 2015

29/01/2015

SA

Native title something to be proud of

Traditional owner says the approval of a native title claim for the Barngarla people in SA is something the wider community should also be proud of.

Whyalla News Online, Australia, 29 January 2015

28/01/2015

NSW

Department responsible for protecting Aboriginal heritage has made no prosecutions in three years

The Office of Environment Heritage, entrusted with protecting Aboriginal heritage, investigated half the 62 complaints of unauthorised destruction of heritage sites it received last year, but did not prosecute in any case. Eleven were for mine-related activities.

 Newcastle Herald, Australia,
28 January 2015.

27/01/2015

QLD

Native title claim over Brisbane refused

The Federal Court refused an application for native title lodged in 1998 on behalf of the Turrbal people and a 2011 claim on behalf of the Yugara people. The Yugara claim covered Brisbane and some bordering regions, while the Turrbal claim identified several discrete areas in the greater Brisbane region. In a written judgement on Tuesday, Justice Christopher Jessup cited a lack of a continued, "uninterrupted" system of traditional laws to sustain the claimed rights. He also found that under the traditional laws, no member of either claim group would be recognised as possessing rights to the land.

 

ABC News, ABC Online, ABC Indigenous, 7 News, Australia, 27 January 2015

27/01/2015

WA

NOVA Nickel breaks new ground on Australia Day

Sirius Resources commenced project development for the Nova nickel mine. Operations will be conducted by contractor Barminco under a three year contract valued at $129 million. Sirius managing director Mark Bennett was commended last year for his sensitive approach to negotiating the native title agreement with the Ngadju people. “It is also pleasing to continue involving local stakeholders such as the traditional owners and local pastoralists in the venture,” Bennett said.

Australian Mining, Australia,
27 January 2015

26/01/2015

SA

South Australia's traditional landowners face investigation over mismanagement

South Australian minister for Aboriginal affairs Ian Hunter says he has written to the auditor general asking him to consider conducting an audit of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands

Guardian, Australia,
26 January 2015

26/01/2015

NSW

Indigenous fishing protest at Tomakin

A large group of members of the South Coast indigenous community gathered at Barlings Beach at Tomakin on Monday to stage a peaceful protest against fishing regulations. The protest was organised by the NSW Aboriginal Fishing Rights Group, and protestors conducted net fishing, which is illegal on a public holiday, although native title rights to fish in accordance with laws and customs are protected

Bay Post Moruya Examiner, Australia, 26 January 2015

26/01/2015

NSW

Australia Day crowds gather in NSW; Indigenous people call for national treaty

Warren Mundine called for a national treaty to enforce Indigenous land rights and preserve the culture of Australia's original inhabitants. Mr Mundine said it was impossible for Indigenous people to celebrate Australia's national identity on a day they associate with invasion and colonisation.

7 News, Australia,
26 January 2015

24/01/2015

WA

Principle Nyungar Claim Groups To Vote On $1.3b Native Title Settlement, Recognition Bill

On the 31st of January, approximately 20,000 people will be eligible to vote on the proposed settlement which culminates in total to a $1.3 billion package, to be paid in annual $50 million payments to an elected Future Fund over the next twelve years.

Rotunda Media, Australia,
24 January 2015

23/01/2015

WA

Real Consultation needed on WA Indigenous recognition bill, former federal minister Fred Chaney says

Former federal Indigenous affairs minister Fred Chaney has warned a push to recognise Aboriginal people in Western Australia's constitution will not make a major contribution towards reconciliation unless more people in the community have their say.

ABC News, 23 January 2015

23/01/2015

WA

Noongar people to vote on $1.3 billion native title settlement with WA Government

About 20,000 people will be eligible to participate in the January 31 ballot. The South West Land and Sea Council is confident that the settlement will be accepted despite continuing opposition in some parts of the Aboriginal community.

ABC News, Australia,
23 January 2015

22/01/2015

SA

Barngarla claim upheld over two thirds of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula

Federal Court Justice John Mansfield upheld the Barngarla People’s claim, over two thirds of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The judge is yet to decide whether those rights have been Extinguished.

9 News, ABC News, SBS News, Adelaide Advertiser, ABC Mobile News, ABC PM, The Australian, Australia,
22 January 2015
BBC World News, UK Telegraph International, 22 January 2015

22/01/2015

QLD

Campbell Newman lied about Stradbroke Island mining promises

Labor's special 2011 legislation extended expired mining leases at Stradbroke's main mine to 2019. Newman promised he would restore rights on Stradbroke and not give Sibelco anything more. Sibelco had applied for an extension to 2027. A legal opinion sent to Mr Newman in April 2012, the month after his election, that Sibelco, under existing mining legislation, had lost the chance of obtaining an extension of expired mining leases to 2027. In July 2013, at a parliamentary Estimates hearing, Mines Minister Andrew Cripps was asked whether the LNP government intended a longer timeframe for sand mining. Cripps answered: "It may involve a longer timeframe …"

Brisbane Times, Australia,
22 January 2015

21/01/2015

NSW

Sacred trees vandalised at Bulgandry Aboriginal Place near Kariong

An area listed on the Aboriginal Places and State Heritage Register has been targeted by vandals, with the removal of bark on two trees, at a site which holds special significance for the Aboriginal community of the Gosford region.

Daily Telegraph, Central Coast, Australia, 21 January 2015

21/01/2015

National

National Native Title Conference 2015

The 2015 Annual National Native Title Conference will be co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Cape York Land Council (CYLC). This year’s conference will be held on the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people in Port Douglas QLD. The conference will commence on Tuesday 16 June and conclude Thursday 18 June.

Indigenous.gov.au, Australia,
21 January 2015

19/01/2015

TAS

Opposition ramps up over plan to allow tourism developments in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area

The Aboriginal community was hoping for greater ownership as part of the Government's new management plan. The draft plan proposes dual naming of the area and what the Government is calling a "Cultural Business Unit" to better engage Aboriginal people in its management. But community leader Michael Mansell said that was not enough.

ABC News, Australia,
19 January 2015

18/01/2015

NSW

Coal industry weighs native title ruling.

The National Native Title Tribunal has ruled that the Plains Clans of the Wonnarua People “speaks for country” over a 10,000 square kilometre area. A result of the ruling is that coal companies will be forced to negotiate with the Wonnarua people over future mining projects.

Newcastle Herald, Australia,
18 January 2015

17/01/2015

VIC

Taste of Summer: It’s eel season for the Gunditjmara people in south-west Victoria

For Gunditjmara people like Tyson Lovett-Murray, summer is eel season. Lovett-Murray says “his community's native title win and land buybacks mean young people have far more access to their country than the generation before them”.

The Age Victoria, Australia,
17 January 2015

16/01/2015

NSW

Aboriginal groups to arrive in Hunter over rail corridor

Related to the article on 7 January 2015 in the Newcastle Herald, this article sets out that Aboriginal groups from across Australia are expected to arrive in Newcastle next month to protest the disturbance of Aboriginal remains and artefacts along the rail corridor.

Newcastle Herald, Australia,
16 January 2015

16/01/2015

NSW

Wonnarua Native Title Claim

This editorial discusses the difference between native title law and state land rights law by reference to the registration of the claim by the Plains Clans of the Wonnarua People

Newcastle Herald, Australia,
16 January 2015

16/01/2015

NT

Indigenous land owners granted ‘significant’ water licences for farming in the Northern Territory

‘Top End Farm’ an agricultural company working on behalf of the Beswick Aboriginal Land Trust, Mangarrayi Aboriginal Land Trust and the Wubalawan Aboriginal Land Trust was granted four water licences for agricultural use

ABC Rural, Australia,
16 January 2015

15/01/2015

NSW

$300,000 Upper Hunter mining trust fund for Aboriginals granted to Government Department

The Plains Clans of the Wonnaruah People are asking the government to explain how, in December 2014, it approved the grant of nearly $300,000 of a trust that is supposed to be compensation for the loss of cultural heritage.

Newcastle Herald, Australia, February 15

15/01/2015

Overseas

Blockades & Band Councils: Nganyaywana man Callum Clayton-Dixon reflects on the nature of native politics in so-called Canada and the parallels with Aboriginal politics in occupied Australia

In this article, Callum Clayton-Dixon reflects on the journey and the parallels he observed between Native politics in Canada and Aboriginal politics in occupied Australia.

IC Magazine, Washington USA, 15 January 2015

15/01/2015

NSW

Awakbal Aboriginal group lodges harbor land claim

The land claim over the entrance to Newcastle Harbour was one of 10 claims lodged last week across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie by the Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council, under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act NSW. Other claims include the Newcastle-to-Wickham rail corridor, the former Newcastle Bowling Club site at King Edward Park and James Fletcher Park.

Newcastle Herald, Australia,
15 January 2015

14/01/2015

WA

Deal to extinguish native title & land rights in one hit

More than 300 Noongar people gathered at a Perth park last Saturday to speak out against the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council’s (SWALSC) support for the Western Australian Government $1.3 billion in-kind package proposal. The Government offer if accepted by Noongar people will come on the condition that their native title rights are extinguished, and therefore whatever shot they have at land rights are extinguished.

The Stringer, Australia,
14 January 2015

10/01/2015

WA

Slump in sites for heritage listing

According to Carmen Lawrence, the chair of the Australian Heritage Council, a steep drop in Aboriginal sites being added to Western Australia’s heritage register is leading to “a vast sea of ignorance” that will thwart heritage protection.

Weekend Australian, Australia, 10 January 2015

08/01/2015

WA

Cauldron claims win in Forrest fight

Mines Minister Bill Marmion has disregarded a recommendation by the Mining Warden to reject three exploration licence applications submitted by Cauldron Energy. This decision means that Cauldron Energy is free to push ahead with plans to drill for uranium on Andrew Forrest's family cattle station near Onslow. Cauldron will need to win agreement from Native Title holders, before the tenements can be formally granted.

West Australian, Australia,
08 January 2015

07/01/2015

NSW

Land claim on the rail corridor

The state government is being accused of sidelining the indigenous community in the rush to get work underway on the truncation of Newcastle's inner-city rail line. The Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council has made a claim, under the NSW Land Rights Act, on a two-kilometre stretch of the heavy rail corridor, on the basis that it is no longer being used for a public purpose after trains were stopped on Christmas Day.

Newcastle Herald, Australia,
07 January 2015
ABC Indigenous, Australia,
08 January 2015

06/01/2015

WA

Ascot Resources reports iron ore reserve in Pilbara, cashed up

Ascot Resources has reported a maiden iron ore reserve of 28.9 million tonnes at 58% iron for its Wonmunna Iron Ore Project. Native Title Mining Agreements are in place with the two claimant groups whose claims affect the Project. Heritage Surveys have been completed for the proposed Project footprint, including all planned mining and infrastructure disturbance areas. 

Proactive Investors Australia, Australia, 06 January 2015

06/01/2015

WA

Noongar filmmaker opposed to Native Title settlement offer

The director/co-producer of a documentary film about the Western Australian Government's Noongar 1.3 billion dollar Native Title offer says the deal will short-change his people. Voting to accept the offer to extinguish Native Title claims in the south-west will begin at the end of the month.

National Indigenous Radio Service, Australia,
06 January 2015

06/01/2015

NT

Clash of the clans

Early in 2015, a judge will decide how to proceed with a case that could substantially alter the way Aboriginal land rights operates in the Northern Territory. The case involves two powerful Yolngu clans, the Gumatj and the Rirratjingu, and challenges interpretation of the law affecting distribution of the proceeds from using Aboriginal land.

The Australian, Australia,
06 January 2015

05/01/2015

WA

Confidence grows in Flinders’ Pilbara project as WA backs rail plan

The Western Australian government, at the end of December, invited ASX-listed Rutila Resources to negotiate a state agreement for the construction of a railway in the Pilbara, linking the Balla Balla port with the proposed 25-million-tonne-a-year Pilbara iron-ore project, being developed by Flinders. The required access with native title participants, pastoralists and mining tenement holders have been largely completed.

Mining Weekly, Australia,
05 January 2015

02/01/2015

ACT

ACT light rail will not need national environmental law assessment

The Department of Environment says the ACT Capital Metro Stage 1 Light Rail Service is unlikely to have a significant impact on environment and heritage matters protected under national environment law. An environmental impact statement will need to be carried out to address more detailed assessment of Aboriginal archaeological risks associated with the route.

Canberra Times, Australia,
02 January 2015

02/01/2015

WA

Colin Barnett cool on Terry Redman’s remote funding proposal

Premier Colin Barnett has refused to endorse West Australian Nationals party leader Terry Redman in his vow to fund ­services across the state’s remote Aboriginal communities when federal funding is cut next year even though, the Premier has said that his government could not afford to fund essential services. If the services are not funded it could lead to the closure of up to 150 communities once federal funding is axed.

The Australian – National Affairs, Australia,
02 January 2015

02/01/2015

QLD

Man found guilty over ‘sacred’ Musgrave Park fire

A man has been found guilty of lighting and maintaining a fire in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, following complicated legal arguments about the validity of Brisbane City Council's case against him.

Brisbane Times, Australia,
02 January 2015

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