The southwest native title settlement of the combined Noongar Boodja native title claims represents the single largest native title settlement in Australia’s history.
The settlement requires governance structure capable of embracing many challenges including:
- large land holdings including cultural lands,
- 20,000 Noongar people,
- six distinct regions with distinct groups and unique composition,
- one central services corporation delivering a common platform with a unique capacity building requirement build around programed redundancy, and
- cultural governance and corporate governance structures.
As the lead author of the governance documents, working closely with the state of WA and the SWALSC, I’d like to share the common governance challenges within the governance documents that constitute the NBT (www.noongar.org.au).