Historic Noongar treaty sparks call for a reform of heritage legislation

Experts call it Australia’s first indigenous contract.

Wirin, a sculpture that embodies the spirit and culture of the Noongar, can be seen in Yagan Square in Perth (Image: AAP / Richard Wainwright)

A historic land rights regime was granted to a group of six groups of applicants in Perth and Southwest Western Australia. Experts say it is Australia’s first indigenous contract.

The settlement extends over 200,000 square kilometers and formalizes six land use agreements recognizing the Noongar as traditional owners of the land. It is estimated to be worth $ 1.3 billion and covers nearly 30,000 Noongars.

University of NSW constitutional attorney and local titles expert George Williams told Crikey the settlement was historic.


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