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Tjiwarl Aboriginal group files claims against west Australia

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 20, 2020
ABC reported that an Aboriginal group has filed two compensation claims against the Western Australian state government for cultural losses on land that it granted to businesses including BHP Group.
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The claims were filed in the Federal Court on behalf of the Tjiwarl people of the Goldfields Region for damage and loss of access to land as a result of acts by the Western Australian government and miners.

Topics: Australia

The acts include various mining projects in the northern Goldfields, groundwater licences for mines, the development of a highway and some pastoral leases, it said.

BHP's Mt Keith nickel mine lies on Tjiwarl land. BHP signed an agreement in 2018 that provided native title compensation, and other financial health and employment support measures.

Australia recorded its first case of Native Title compensation a year ago when the High Court ordered that traditional owners from Timber Creek in the Northern Territory get AUD 2.5 million for the loss of their rights, including a spiritual connection to the land.