Native title recognised over west Pilbara

A second native title determination has been delivered in two days with the finalisation of a claim covering almost 10,000 square kilometres across the west Pilbara.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the court recognised the claim from the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People at an on-country hearing at the House Creek picnic area near Mount Stuart today.

“This area holds great spiritual significance to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People who have lived here since time immemorial,” Minister Scullion said.  

“This determination recognises the connection the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People have with the area which is home to many sacred sites including ancient stone engravings and the permanent pools of the Duck Creek and other waterways,

“The Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People of the Pilbara have lived and worked in the region for many years,

“I hope with native title rights and interests now secured, there will be ongoing cultural, social and economic benefit that can be preserved for future generations.”

The Commonwealth is working with native title holders across Australia to ensure native title delivers the economic benefits that it should, by supporting native title holders better manage their rights and pursue opportunities for commercial activities.

“This determination will ensure the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People can continue their strong relationships with the land and water as well as obtaining the economic benefits that native title should bring.”