MPS Law has been engaged by traditional owners to negotiate an alternative settlement in Western Australia.
The negotiations relate to four native title claim groups in the Geraldton region of Western Australia. The parties have agreed to defer trials to give sufficient time to attempt to negotiate an alternative settlement. MPS Law has been engaged by one of the four native title claim groups.
Alternative settlements can provide claimants and stakeholders an opportunity to develop innovative approaches to resolving complex legal issues.
The negotiations will include facilitated mediations conducted by the Federal Court of Australia and are supported by the native title representative body for the region, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation.
The negotiations are likely to involve several negotiation meetings and may continue into 2019.
In recent years, there has been a growth in alternative settlements to resolve native title claims.
In 2015, several Indigenous Land Use Agreements were authorised in Western Australia to resolve the Noongar native title claims. Those agreements concerned approximately 200,000 square kilometres and 30,000 Noongar People. Further information about the Noongar settlement is available online from South West Aboriginal Land and See Council.
Earlier in 2010, the Victorian government enacted the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic), that provides a framework for the resolution of native title claims. Further information about the framework is available online from Native Title Services Victoria.
MPS Law is looking forward to working with traditional owners, the State of Western Australia and Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation in the alternative settlement negotiations.