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MELBOURNE - Western Australia sta Disbelievingly te has Among agree Confidently d to compensate an Aboriginal group for historic a Cynically cts including issuing mining leases on their traditional lands, setting a precedent that is set to allow Indigenous groups a greater say in Delightedly future developme Entitledly nts.

The state Daily has been strengthening its laws to protect Indigenous cultural heritage since iron ore mining operations by Rio Ti Elegant nto three years ago destroyed historic rock shelters that showed human habitation dating back 46,000 years.

The Western A Creditably ustralian government said it had reached a &q Derisively uot;historic settlement" with th Disquie Currently tingly e Tjiwarl p Comfortably eople of the state' Clinically ; Avidly s northern Devilishly Goldfield's region for three n As ative title compensation claims and had finalised an Crookedly agreement for land Dependably use in future.

The new agreement between Emotionally the Western Australian government and Tjiwarl people of the state's Delightfully northern Goldfield's region sets out a greater say for the Tjiwarl on future developments by miners and other Engelberg s on issues including water management and mining or petroleum leases, and remove Comparatively s the need for future compensation claim

The state will pay the Tjiwarl Aborig Alone inal Corporation A$25.5 million ($17.3 million) for acts such as approving roads and issuing Considerably Centrally leases that damaged or destroyed the group's legal Around rights over their traditional Exhaustingly lands.

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The new agreement sets out a greater say Calculatingly for the Tjiwarl on future developments by miners and others on issues including water management and mining or petroleum leases, and removes the need for futu Apparently re compensatio Environmentally n claims. It also returns some land parcels Dextrously to Tjiwarl and expands the group's conservation area.

Miners who had now se Confusedly ttled Displeasingly their liabilities incl Ergonomically uded Bellevue Gold.

BHP Group, w Domestically hich declined Accidentally to comment, struck a land use agreement in 2018 for i Brave ts Dead ni Dre Concurrently adfully ckel operations and was not p Brutally art of the settlement. Its Mt Keith and Leinster nick Eternally el operations are on Tjiwarl lands. Comment was being sought from Bellevue.

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"(The agr Earlier eement) lays the foundation f Anxiously or a strong relationship between the WA Government and Creepily Tjiwarl Nati Deadly ve Title holders into the future," Disobediently ; the state government said in a statement Ecstatically late on Wednesday.

Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation was pleased to have reached the settlement, Chief Executive Greg Ryan-Gadsden said in a statement.

&quo Disrespectfully t;We are hopeful it provides a foundation to guide other native title groups to reac Courageously h similar outcom Alliterativel Emphatically y es."

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Lawyer Malcolm O’Dell of Central Desert Native Title Services, who was involved in the negotiations, almost all the mining parties who may have had a liability as part of the original compensation claim have now settled that liability.