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01 September 2014

Indigenous title claim settled in South Australia after 18 years in court

Kokatha people to receive compensation for an extensive area of SA’s north-west pastoral district

An Indigenous land use agreement between the Kokatha people, the state government and BHP Billiton was to be executed immediately.

One of the most complex Indigenous title claims in South Australian history has been resolved, the state government says.
The federal court on Monday recognised a title claim by the Kokatha people over an extensive claim area in SA’s north-west pastoral district.
Acting attorney general Ian Hunter says the ruling will allow the state’s compensation liability under the Native Title Act to be determined and create certainty about land access issues.

Court proceedings to resolve the claim have been ongoing since 1996.
An Indigenous land use agreement between the Kokatha people, the state government and mining giant BHP Billiton was to be executed immediately after the hearing.
It will provide the Kokatha people with financial compensation, recognising the past extinguishment of title by the state.
The agreement also provides certainty for future land use in Andamooka and Pimba, including operations associated with BHP’s nearby Olympic Dam copper-gold mine.

“It is anticipated these benefits will assist the Kokatha to become key players in the economic, social and cultural development of this region,” Hunter said in a statement.

“This is a significant and positive agreement for the state, Kokatha people and BHP Billiton.”