29 Aug 2012

Long-fought indigenous land rights case won in Australia

7:02 pm on 29 August 2012

The Federal Court of Australia has recognised native title rights over more than 30,000 square kilometres of western Queensland.

The State Government says the court has recognised the rights and interests of the Pitta Pitta people over 66 parcels of land near Boulia.

The determination settles a claim first lodged in 1999.

Queensland's Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps says an indigenous land use agreement has also been negotiated between the state and the Pitta Pitta people to resolve native title issues in the township.