Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Ceremony to celebrate historic Purnululu Native Title determination

    24/05/2023 12:00 PM
    • On-country celebrations to acknowledge significant achievement for Purnululu and Gajangana Jaru Native Title Holders
    • Second section 47C Agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 in Australian history
    • WA Government committed to supporting the recognition of Traditional Owners and their connection to country across the State

    The historic Purnululu and Gajangana Jaru native title determination (the determination) was celebrated at an on-country ceremonial sitting today.


    The on-country celebration follows the recognition of Native Title over the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, which was determined in the Federal Court of Australia in December 2022. It is the second Section 47C Native Title Act Agreement in Australian history. The first was also achieved in Western Australia.


    The determination recognises exclusive Native Title rights and interests over the National Park and Conservation Estate and recognises Native Title over neighbouring pastoral country and other areas of Crown land.  


    The celebration also coincides with the recent opening of the Purnululu Visitors Centre and 20-year anniversary of World Heritage listing for Purnululu.


    The WA Government will continue to support the Bungle Bungles Aboriginal Corporation as the registered Native Title body corporate for the determination, which is managing Native Title on behalf of the Purnululu and Gajangana Jaru Native Title Holders.


    For more information see the Recognition for Traditional Owners in historic Purnululu Native Title determination media statement.


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:


    "I want to congratulate the Native Title holders at today's Purnululu on-country Native Title Determination ceremony on achieving this momentous outcome.


    "The determination in December 2022 concludes one of the oldest Native Title claims lodged in the Federal Court of Australia, and the WA Government looks forward to building a genuine and lasting relationship with the Bungle Bungles Aboriginal Corporation."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:


    "This represents a massive achievement for the Traditional Owners and I am so glad to see it come to fruition.


    "The original custodians have always known that they are connected to the land, now the law recognises that as well. It is wonderful news."


    Minister's office - 6552 5400