SANTS News – February 2023

Monthly native title updates

Native title granted to Wirangu and Nauo peoples

On the 10th of February, the Wirangu and Nauo peoples celebrated the Federal Court’s recognition of their shared native title rights and interests on the western Eyre Peninsula.

After a 25-year wait, Justice O’Bryan met the Wirangu and Nauo peoples at Elliston Community Hall to deliver their native title consent determination.

Listen to different perspectives on a historic day from Justice O’Bryan, Barrister Susan Phillips, Wirangu Elder Jack Johncock, and Nauo Elder Jody Miller.

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Native Title Forum

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, we are holding the SA PBC and Native Title Group Forum at the Adelaide Royal Coach. Invitations to attend in person have been sent to representatives of all SA Native Title Groups, while all other members are encouraged to join the sessions online. 

The forum agenda includes:

– First Nations Voice to Parliament 
– Renewable energy framework and opportunities
– Land co-management and hand-backs
– Closing the Gap
– PBC training and opportunities.

Guest speakers include Attorney General and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon. Kyam Maher MLC; CEO of the National Native Title Council (NNTC), Jamie Lowe; Chief Operating Officer of NNTC, Dr Belinda Burbridge; and NNTC Senior Advisor, Clinton Benjamin.

Where: Adelaide Royal Coach, 24 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067
When: Tuesday 7 – Wednesday 8 March (9am – 5pm)

Please confirm your attendance by emailing

SANTS’ position on the state and national Voices

Last week, the First Nations Voice Bill passed through the upper house of state parliament. While we support the South Australian Voice, its current form has failed to recognise the cultural authority and leadership of Native Title Holders. 

We do support a national constitutionally enshrined Voice, as our CEO Keith Thomas explains in the social media clips below. 

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New Aboriginal Way out now

In issue 89 you’ll find these stories and more:

• National Voice to Parliament update
• Wirangu No.2, Part A Native Title Consent Determination
• Hydrogen and renewable energy on Aboriginal land
• Narungga ancestors returned to Country
• Dr Jared Thomas’s Churchill Fellowship

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