In an Australian first, a native title group in Western Australia has been awarded both native title recognition and a $450 million economic package comprising cash and assets to empower traditional owners.
The Yamatji Nation Claim covers a landmass of nearly 48,000 square kilometres in WA's Midwest region from as far north as Kalbarri, east to Yalgoo and south to Dalwallinu.
Friday's determination was made in an emotional on-Country Federal Court hearing in Geraldton, 400 kilometres north of Perth, where traditional owners met with Justice Debra Mortimer.
It is the first time both native title recognition and an Indigenous Land Use Agreement have been determined simultaneously.
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