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  • Rikki Lambert

Streaky Bay council congratulates Wirangu people on 5,000 sq km native title claim

The Federal Court granted native title to the Wirangu people over a significant portion of the western Eyre Peninsula including the townships of Streaky Bay, Venus Bay and areas adjacent to Wirrulla, Poochera, Minnipa and Wudinna.

Attorney-General Kyam Maher on Thursday welcomed the conclusion of a 25 year campaign by the Wirangu people to have native title recognised:

"This piece of land is a remarkable part of our state, boasting high cliffs, accessible beaches and a vast interior.
"I’m pleased that the State has been able to work with the Wirangu People to reach this settlement, which acknowledges their enduring connection to the land and waters, and celebrates both its heritage and its future."

Attorney General Kyam Maher amongst those celebrating the determination on Thursday at Streaky Bay

District Council of Streaky Bay chief executive officer Damian Carter told Flow on Friday:

"The District Council of Streaky Bay was pleased to be in attendance at such an important community occasion.
"We acknowledge the cooperation of the Wirangu claimants and the State in the resolution of all tenure matters as it relates to land under care and control of Council, in negotiations towards the settling of the consent determination.
"Council will continue to work together to develop positive professional and community relationships with the Wirangu People in this town. Council’s core economic pillars are agriculture, aquaculture and tourism and we see Wirangu People as actively contributing to this community to make it a welcoming and cohesive community.
"Council understands its obligations to the common law holders, under native title law, and looks forward to finding opportunities for improved collaboration with Wirangu People.
"Council congratulates the Wirangu People on this significant occasion."

In November, Wirangu woman from Ceduna Sandra Miller was named the Senior South Australian of the Year.


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