WA to make $1 billion native title deal

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The Western Australian Government says it is hoping to this year settle a long running native title claim over Perth in a $1 billion package involving large transfers of land.

The WA Government said it wants the Federal Government to join in negotiations this year to pay 75 per cent of native title settlements to the Noongar people.

The deal will extinguish all future native title claims over Perth, but benefit around 35,000 Noongar descendants and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars of cash and land.

WA Premier Colin Barnett said the deal would be an important step for the Government and Noongar people.

"For the Noongar people this is relinquishing, surrendering their native title claim forever so it’s a very profound decision that they’ll be hopefully making," he said.

Barnett said the deal would also mean more certainty for mining, fishing, and farming developments in the area.

The Suth West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council said once completed the deal would end a frustrating period of negotiations.

It said native title would allow the SWALSC to create a social, cultural, and economic framework to help for the Noongar people.

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