Native Title for Gingirana People

Release Date: 
7 December 2017
Media release

Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Ms Melissa Price, Member for Durack

  • The Gingirana people celebrate their Native Title determination.
  • This determination area covers 12,150 square kilometres of land in the Central Desert Region of Western Australia.

The Gingirana people have today celebrated an important Native Title determination at an on country hearing in Kumarina, Western Australia.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion congratulated the Gingirana native title holders and their representative, Central Desert Native Title Services Limited on the momentous occasion.

“This determination is another important step in what has been a long journey for the Gingirana people,” said Minister Scullion.

“It not only affirms what the traditional owners have always known, but also ensures that the traditional owners of the land and their ongoing practices will be recognised by Australian law.

“I look forward to working with native title holders to manage their native title and pursue opportunities for economic development.”

Member for Durack Ms Melissa Price congratulated the Gingirana people on this excellent outcome, recognising their land in law and opening up opportunities for the community.

 “I congratulate everyone who has worked on this claim over the years, and acknowledge the elders who have passed away while the claim has been prosecuted,” said Ms Price.

The Federal Court formally recognised the Gingirana people’s native title this morning on country at Kumarina.