Historic native title consent determination to help protect 2,600 sq kms of central Australia


December 2010: AWC and the Warlpiri-Luritja traditional owners have entered into an historic native title consent determination at Newhaven.

It is the first native title consent determination between a traditional owner group and a non-government conservation organisation.

The determination was formalised by the Federal Court in a special sitting on-site at Newhaven - an exciting event for traditional owners, the Central Land Council and AWC staff.

AWC and the Warlpiri-Luritja traditional owners have been working together at Newhaven on fire management and biological surveys for nearly 5 years. The formal recognition of native title is an important step in further developing our partnership.

Newhaven is a hotspot for the threatened species of central Australia. The property was initially acquired for conservation by Birds Australia, who continue to play a valuable role in the management of Newhaven.

Click here for the joint media release from the Central Land Council and AWC.