Ngadju Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
The Ngadju Native Title Aboriginal Corporation acts as an agent for the native title rights and interests of the Ngadju people of southern Western Australia. After an 18 year legal battle, the Ngadju people’s traditional ownership of 102,000 square kilometres of land surrounding the town of Norseman was recognised, including exclusive native title over approximately 45,000 square kilometres.
The Ngadju people and the State had already reached agreement on a range of matters relevant to extinguishment, but a final determination was not reached until disagreements over the extinguishment of native title by freehold and mining leases were litigated. The main issue of dispute for the court was whether mining leases issued by the State were inconsistent with the native title rights and interests held by the Ngadju people.
It was found that the rights granted by these particular mineral leases were not inconsistent with the native title rights and interests claimed by the Ngadju, as although they might be incapable of exercising their rights in certain areas where mining is ongoing, the rights a merely suppressed in the meantime, not extinguished.