Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon has congratulated Southern and Eastern Arrernte Native title holders in the south of the Northern Territory celebrating native title consents in two determinations at special sittings of the Federal Court this week.
One native title consent determination covers 20 0000 square km over the Andado and New Crown stations and the other is a determination over the Maryvale cattle station covering an area of 3,244 square kilometres.
The Andado and New Crown leaseholders will continue to run the properties as cattle stations while the Tyatykwenhe [DUD ja corner] Aboriginal Corporation will hold the native title rights and interests for the determination area. The native title holders belong to four family groups connected to country in the determination area: Andado, Pmere Ulperre [MUR ra OOL pura], New Crown and Therreyererte [THER errta]. .
The native title holders’ from the Imarnte, Titjikala and Idracowra land holding groups speak Southern Arrernte, also known as Pertame [PUR-dum], and many of them live in Titjikala, a community living area excised from the Maryvale pastoral lease and not included in the claim. The Rodinga Aboriginal Corporation will hold the native title rights and interests for the Maryvale Station determination area (The Station will continue to operate as a cattle station).
The European history of the determination areas dates back to the 1890s, when pastoralists established stations in the area. The native title holders have proved their continuing connection with their country.
The determinations recognise native title rights, such as the rights to hunt and gather on the land and waters and to conduct cultural activities and ceremonies, as well as the right to negotiate agreements about exploration and mining.
The special sittings of the Federal Court and celebratory ceremonies will take place on Wednesday (today) and tomorrow.
“The recognition of native title rights over the properties is a step forward for the family groups connected to this country. I congratulate them and wish them every success in exercising their native title rights in the future.” Mr Snowdon said.