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Court of Appeal rules Lake Victoria traditional owner has right to make historic compensation claim

Lake Victoria, in far-west New South Wales, is an important Murray-Darling Basin water storage operated by South Australia to manage its downstream needs and to maintain its security of supply.

To Mrs Lawson, an 84-year-old Paakantyi Maraura elder, it is where dozens of generations of her ancestors are buried.


Legal action launched against NT Government over McArthur River Mine security bond

Traditional Owners near the Gulf of Carpentaria have launched legal action against the Northern Territory Government over its decision to slash the security bond paid by a massive lead and zinc mine.

Compensation, Mining, Water rights

Far West groups pour scorn on potential water infrastructure projects for region during water inquiry hearing

State upper house members visited far west this week as part of inquiry into proposed water projects. Members hear communities concerns about water infrastructure projects at Broken Hill hearing.

Water, Water rights

Traditional owners go mining, bypass iron ore giants

Fed up with mining companies that don’t adequately care for their country and cultural heritage, the traditional owners of Australia’s busiest iron ore mining district are taking matters, and drill rigs, into their own hands.

Business, Commercial development, Mining

Indigenous elders bring Crescent Head roadworks to a halt to protect cultural sites at Point Plomer Road

Work sealing a dirt road on the New South Wales Mid North Coast has been temporarily suspended after traditional owners of the land sought an injunction under the Heritage Protection Act.

The Dunghutti people have been fighting against the tarring of Point Plomer Road, south of Crescent Head, for more than two years.


Questions raised over bid to extract 40,000 megalitres of water a year from arid Central Australia

An application to use 40,000 megalitres of water a year for a major fruit and vegetable project in Central Australia should be rejected, according to a water expert and a key Indigenous group.

Water, Water rights

Reforms will support a practical and stable native title system

Passage of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Act 2020 today completes a comprehensive three-year process to support a practical, equitable and stable native title system.

Native Title Act

Kimberley land transfer creates new reserve for traditional owners

Lands and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has approved the transfer of 107 hectares of land in Kununurra, subject to the negotiation of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement, to support new social and economic opportunities for the Miriuwung Gajerrong people.

Agreements, Commercial development, Government, ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), Land and sea management

US-owned resource company goes for green light to frack Australia’s north-west

Bennett Resources, owned by Texan company Black Mountain, wants its Valhalla gas prospect in the Kimberley to eventually supply the export market, or the energy-hungry east coast market, potentially via the $5 billion east-west pipeline long-mooted yet still unsupported by governments.

Gas fracking, Mining

Djabugay people celebrate 16 years of Native Title

Inviting key commercial operators and the public to join them in celebration of their resilience and rich cultural histories, Djabugay Traditional Owners celebrated the 16th anniversary of their Native Title determination in a big way.

Native title claim, Tourism