29 August 2017
NSWALC celebrates Western Bundjalung Native Title determination
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has welcomed today's Federal Court of Australia determination of the Western Bundjalung Native Title determination.
Speaking at a celebratory event in Jubullum today, NSWALC Councillor for North Coast Tina Williams said the determination provided rights and recognition for future generations.
"The Western Bundjalung determination strengthens our connection to country and our ability to teach culture.
"While the claim was lodged in 2011, the fight for land justice and recognition goes back a long way.
"Our Elders fought tirelessly for this day and I pay respect to those who sadly passed away while the claim was being determined."
Cr Williams said the determination also showed how Land Rights and Native Title could work together.
"Today is a great day for Land Rights and Native Title. We may operate under different legislation and systems but we work together.
"Jubullum, Baryulgil, Casino Boolange, Grafton Ngerrie, Moombahlene and Jana Ngalee Local Aboriginal Land Councils have been part of this journey.
"When Native Title and Land Rights work together, we can focus on the bigger picture of building our people economically, social and culturally."
Another Federal Court of Australia determination will be celebrated at Yamba on Thursday with the rights of the Yaegl peoples recognised.
Media contact: Andrew Williams 0429 585 291