Traditional owners in the region around Ampilatwatja in central Australia have today received the title to more than 3,000 hectares of land as part of a native title settlement in the area.
This significant milestone is the culmination of a long journey for the Alyawarre people and recognises that their traditional ownership of the land is uninterrupted and everlasting.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said the grant is recognition not only of the deep connection with country, but the enduring presence of Aboriginal owners who hold the knowledge of their ancestors.
“This is country that Alyawarre people have looked after, lived on and travelled through since time immemorial,” Minister Wyatt said.
“It is a place with important sites, stories and lore that keeps the land alive for Indigenous people today.”
“This land grant expands the parcel of Aboriginal land on which the community of Ampilatwatja sits and finalises the native title settlement over Ammaroo Station.”
“This point has been reached through pragmatic and cooperative negotiations that have reached a fair result for everyone involved.”
“Native titleholders agreed to surrender any exclusive native title rights in the former stock routes and stock reserve in return for acquiring this title under the Land Rights Act to an area currently part of the pastoral lease.”
The title to the land is now held by the existing Aherrenge Aboriginal Land Trust under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The grant is supported by native title parties, the Northern Territory Government, the Central Land Council and Ampilatwatja community members.
“This will give traditional owners control over more of their traditional lands while still retaining the pastoralist’s capacity to effectively manage Ammaroo Station and incorporate the former stock routes and reserve into the Pastoral Lease.”
“The Morrison Government looks forward to seeing the Alyawarre people benefit from this land, just as their ancestors have done and as their descendents will continue to do so.”
Media contact: Luke Nayna, Senior Media Adviser, 0438 231 687
Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.