First Boodja transfers under South West Native Title Settlement

First Boodja transfers under South West Native Title Settlement
Wednesday 14 July 2021

Settlement recognises Noongar people as traditional owners of the South-West.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson and Lands Minister Tony Buti have today executed the first documents that give effect to Boodja (Lands) transfers under the South West Native Title Settlement (Settlement) at a signing ceremony with Noongar leaders and elders at Parliament House. 

These first parcels of land signify the commencement of a five-year process to transfer up to 320,000 hectares of Crown land to the Noongar Land Estate. 

The transfer of up to 300,000 hectares of land as reserve or leasehold and up to 20,000 hectares of land as freehold will be for cultural or economic development purposes, as determined by the Noongar traditional owners of the South-West. 

The Settlement, the most comprehensive Native Title Agreement negotiated in Australian history, recognises the Noongar people as the traditional owners of the South-West region. 

Noongar people's strong and continuing connection to their Boodja is reflected throughout the many elements of the Settlement, including the creation of the Noongar Land Estate. 

The transfer of the first parcels of land into the Noongar Land Estate is an important milestone towards the establishment of a significant asset base to be developed in line with Noongar cultural, social and economic aspirations for generations to come. 

The six Noongar Regional Corporations are soon to be established, and will represent the rights and interests of the Noongar people and be the key partners for the ongoing transfer of lands to the Noongar Land Estate. 

Other significant commitments under the Settlement will commence once the Noongar Regional Corporations are established later in 2021 or early 2022. 

For more information on the Settlement, visit the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's website.

Read the media statement

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