SA sees first native title determination by consent

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) has announced South Australia's first native title determination by consent, means pastoralists and Indigenous claimants in a remote corner of South Australia will share access and rights to the land.

Federal Court Justice John Mansfield made the decision at a special on-country hearing held in Marla, 160km south of the Northern Territory border and recognises the rights and interests of the Yankunytjatjara and Antakarinja peoples over 18,665sq km of land.

According to the NNTT, after years of negotiation, the settlement represents the biggest group of pastoralists to be involved in a consent determination.

Tribunal member Bardy McFarlane said the finalisation of the matter showed a "diverse group of people" could be brought together to settle disputes over native title.

29 August, 2006

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