Project update on negotiations in Western Australia

Over the past two years, MPS Law has been advising on a large project in Western Australia that, if achieved, will break new ground on agreement making with First Nations.

The project is a collaboration between several Traditional Owner groups and their native title claims and the State of Western Australia. It is mediated by the Federal Court of Australia with strict confidentiality requirements. Assistance is also being provided by the Native Title Representative Body and a range of expert advisors. Some of the native title claims have been in the Federal Court for over two decades and the region has, historically, been subject to various overlapping claims.

The purpose of the project is to:

  • resolve the native title claims

  • establish partnerships with Government

  • provide certainty to stakeholders

  • stimulate economic development

  • protect and promote Aboriginal heritage and knowledge and

  • ensure self-determination.

The outcome, if achieved, will raise and set a new bar on how such achievements can be realised elsewhere around the country.

The progress of the project to date is testament to the hard work of many, most notably the Traditional Owners and their commitment to a mediated outcome in the interests of their future generations.

However, there is much work to be done. Native title claimants will soon be considering whether to continue to form a collective as a step toward the finalisation of the agreement making process.

MPS Law is proud to continue assisting Traditional Owners with the project.

Watch this space for more substantive developments in the next six months.

For more information, contact Michael Pagsanjan at michael@mpslaw.com.au.