Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (October 2011)
Ooratippra win exclusive native title
Ooratippra is a 4,292 square kilometre pastoral lease owned by the Ooratippra Aboriginal Corporation .
The claim was lodged over the whole of the station and also included the Irretety Community Living Area, an area of eight square kilometres held by Irretety Aboriginal Corporation and located within the station boundaries.
Community Living Areas (CLA) were small areas able to be established for Aboriginal people with historical residential association with stations who were unable to claim their traditional land back under the Land Rights Act.
As Ooratippra ppl and Irretety CLA are owned by native title holders, they are able to claim exclusive possession (“to the exclusion of all others”) under the Native Title Act, rather than non-exclusive rights which co-exist with pastoral lessees.
That recognition secures their traditional rights, as well as the right to negotiate over any future acts like mining.
The Indigenous Land Corporation purchased Ooratippra ppl in May 1999 after years of lobbying by native title holders who wanted title to their own land and to be able to run their own cattle business.
Ooratippra can run up to 4000 head of cattle and will continue to be leased out to a neighbouring land owner who will, over time, assist in the re-establishment of a locally managed cattle herd.
The CLC lodged the Ooratippra Native Title application on behalf of several hundred native title holders in 2001.
The claim represents the Irrkwal, Irrmarn, Ntewerrek, Aharreng, Arrty/Amatyerr and Areyn estate groups of the Alyawarr language group.