The Federal Court of Australia today recognised the Combined Gunggandji People’s Native Title rights and interests over approximately 7,528 hectares of land at Yarrabah in Far North Queensland. The determination is the result of claims first lodged by the Gurubana Gunggandji and Les Murgha and Vincent Schrieber (Gungandji People) in 1994 and 1995 respectively.
"It's important for people all over Australia and in particularly the southern states to show we still have our relationships to the land have survived the last 200 years and survived in such a unique cultural shape that you can't determine against it.
After eleven years of struggle, the Gunditjmara people have today been recognised as the native title holders for far South West Victoria following an agreement between the State, the Gunditjmara people and 99 other parties.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma, today congratulated the Gunditjmara people of western Victoria for securing recognition of their native title rights and interests.
"That country was given to them from elders beforehand and we was specifically told to look after that country because of all the sites that surround Timber, some of those sites are so important to us that we have to look after it," he said
The Gunaikurnai Aboriginal people have won native title rights to almost a fifth of Victoria's crown land in a landmark agreement signed in Gippsland. The deal is the first signed under Victoria's Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 and brings to an end a 13-year native title court battle