Yamatji Nation Sourthern Regional Agreement

Geraldtown WA

The Southern Yamatji, Hutt River, Mullewa Wadjari and Widi Mob claim groups agreed to enter into mediation negotiation with the State of Western Australia in late 2017 to resolve their overlapping native title claims through an alternative settlement.

 

The claim groups authorised a Traditional Owner Negotiation Team (TONT) to act on their behalf and to negotiate an agreement with the State of Western Australia to settle their native title claims.

Initial Brief

MLCS Corporate was engaged to provide governance and investment advice to the native title claimants within the Southern Yamatji region (broader Geraldton region of Western Australia) in coming together for an alternative settlement agreement with the State Government of Western Australia.

Highlights

  • Develop a best practice model for governance for the single claim group representing over 5,000 Traditional Owners of the region.

  • Assist with the development of a settlement package with a focus on economic development that will assist in the creation of large scale business enterprises and employment opportunities for Traditional Owners living on country.

  • Creating sustainability models and working with Government models that will provide better coordination of services to Traditional Owners.

  • Historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement signed.

  • Settlement Package valued at $442 million plus approximately 100,000 hectares of land. This includes a significant cash component, the transfer of commercial land, joint ventures, tourism opportunities and access to housing properties for sale, leasing or development. There are also revenue streams from mining and from the leasing or the sale of land as well as a strategic Aboriginal water reserve for use, lease or trade.

  • Significant package of benefits to deliver social and economic development and self-determination for Yamatji people

  • MLCS Corporate retained to provide services for the transition towards execution of the various Agreements and implementation of the proposed structures.

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Industry 

Indigenous Rights​

Client

YNSRA

Timeline

2017- Present​

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