Historic Henbury Station land returned to Traditional Owners

Release Date: 
20 June 2018
Media release

The Pertame Arrernte, Western Arrernte and Matuntara Luritja peoples of the Northern Territory have had their native title rights recognised today over a 5000 square kilometre tract of land within the historic Henbury Station, 230 kilometres south of Alice Springs.

Today’s determination of native title will occur with a Federal Court sitting at Three Mile Waterhole, located within the Henbury station which is on the traditional lands of the native title holders’ Elders and ancestors who were born, lived and worked there since the 1800s.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion congratulated the native title holders and their landholding representative groups, the Inteyere, Twenge, Ipmengkere, Murtikutjara, Aniltika and Nthareye on the significant occasion.  

“The decision is a credit to the Traditional Owners who have been patient and resilient, providing evidence and undertaking the necessary negotiations to get to this momentous point. This is testament to Elders past and present,” Minister Scullion said..

“I wish the native title holders and their Prescribed Body Corporate, the Twenge Aboriginal Corporation, all the very best for a prosperous future which delivers strong social, cultural and economic outcomes for their communities.”

Across Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had their native title recognised for approximately 40 per cent of land and we are committed to seeing all outstanding claims resolved as soon as possible.

The Coalition Government is also investing more than $20 million to build capacity in Prescribed Bodies Corporate so that Native Title holders can realise the economic, cultural and social aspirations for their land.