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Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation

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Overview

The Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation holds in trust the native title rights and interests of the Mithaka people of south-western Queensland. The Mithaka people’s non-exclusive native title over a 33,752 square kilometre area adjacent to the South Australian border was recognised after a 13 year legal battle in October 2015.

Mediation with the different interests, primarily pastoral leases, in the determination area ceased in September 2015, and it appeared that a litigated determination would be the likely outcome. In the end, litigation was avoided and a consent determination was reached.

Elders and community leaders saw the decision as heralding a new era of ‘renewal’ for the Mithaka people, presenting them with a strong economic and social footing to pursue their dreams and aspirations, and uphold their obligation to country. Mithaka traditional owners continue to be involved in a dispute with the Queensland Government over fracking and oil extraction, fearing they will endanger the water table, and have sought assistance on the matter from the United Nations.

Managed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS acknowledges the funding support of the Native Title Branch of
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).