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Native Title Ownership of Perth and surrounds

Aborigines win ownership of Perth – National – smh.com.au

THE West Australian Government will appeal against a Federal Court ruling that granted native title of Perth and its surrounds to the indigenous Noongar people.

No it’s not April fool’s day, but it makes you wonder.  Native title has been successfully argued in many remote, farmland or industrial areas as well as some National Parks, however, this seems to be one of the first times that a Federal Court has granted Native Title over residential land.

It would be like saying that the whole Sydney basin land was no longer owned by each land owner, and that no one was really free to live there or do anything to the land without permission from the Native Aboriginal people. Justice and ownership are one thing, but accepting such a large native title claim (193,956 square kilometres) is ludicrous.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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