Native Title Tribunal stops mining lease

An Aboriginal land corporation has had a historic win in the National Native Title Tribunal by blocking a company’s application for a mining lease.

In the first case where a company has failed to win a mining application on land granted under the Native Title Act, Reward Minerals Ltd subsidiary Holocene Pty Ltd was denied a lease over Lake Disappointment in Western Australia.

The Western Deserts Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC), which holds the native title area on trust for the Martu people, hailed the decision as “a historic and special day”.


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