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The Shire of Esperance congratulates the local Nyungar people on the determination of their Native Title claim today by the Federal Court.

Shire President Malcolm Heasman said it was a proud and historic moment for Esperance.

"We congratulate the claimants and the State Government on the determination of native title and signing of the indigenous land use agreement, which is the first agreement of its kind in Western Australia. We are proud to support the process and look forward to working with the Nyungar community and State Government in the implementation of this agreement. We hope this determination will help to provide clarification regarding future questions of native title for the entire Esperance community."

The Federal Court of Australia today formally acknowledged native title over an area of over 27,000 square kilometres, encompassing the shires of Esperance and Ravensthorpe. The claimants and Minister for Land Terry Redman MLA, then signed an indigenous land use agreement. Non-exclusive native title applies to crown land only and will not impact on freehold land within the Shire of Esperance.