West Australia struggles to meet costs of Aborigine settlement

fanny2_rallyWestern Australia’s landmark $1.3 billion native title settlement with the Noongar community will be met largely by the State govt after the Federal Government said it could only make a modest contribution of $10 million to the package.

The Noongar agreement is set to proceed after it won the backing of the six relevant claimant groups earlier this year.

The deal covers 320,000 hectares of land in the state’s south west and will extinguish native title rights in exchange for the funds and formal recognition of the Noongar people as the traditional owners of Noongar country.

Annual payments of $50 million will be made into a Noongar Future Fund over 12 years.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said-

“We have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Federal Government has indicated they will make a very minor contribution,” he said, “regrettably WA will have to go it alone in funding that settlement but we are committed to doing so.”

This is an amazing package, and at $50 million per annum over 12 years, it makes me wonder about current protests against cutting funding to remote Aborigine settlements. If this $50 million per annum, or part of it,  is not going there then where the hell is it going?



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