Proposal to claim back the coastline

The proposed area of claim highlighted in a native title application.
Nanjing Night Net

A huge native title claim has been proposedthat coversthe entire South Coast, including the Bega Valley.

Native Title Services Corporation (NTSCORP), the native title service provider for the state, will hold a meeting in Narooma this weekendto discuss the filing of a new application.

The proposed region stretches from Bundeena in the north to south of Eden,west towards Braidwood and includes sections of the ocean off the east coast.

It currently covers about 14,000 square kilometres, but the final extent of the claim will be determined by the claimants at the meeting.

While Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council land and sea country coordinator Les Kosez is not attending the weekend’smeeting –CEO BJ Cruse was planning to attend as a local representative – he planned tokeepan eye on proceedings.

“I’m leaving it to our more wise heads. The old fellas can take care of that,’ Mr Kosez said, adding he had mixed feelings about the claim.

“Any native title over this area has the potential to cause a lot of division in the community.

“So it has to be handled in a very cautious manner. It has to be remembered that there area lot of different connections to this country, and they all have to be respected.

“But at the same time I applaud the effort of the people, fortaking proactive steps in trying to have a more recognised and active voice in the decision making processes affecting thiscountry.”

CEO of NTSCORPNatalie Rotumahsaid the claim hadbeen requested by South Coast Indigenous Australians who asserted a traditional connection to the area.

“Recognition of native title will allow the traditional owners of the South Coast to continue practising their culture on some types of crown land and reserves,”she said.

She saiddeterminations have little impact on the wider community.

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