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Rio Tinto Iron Ore Nyiyaparli Agreement

Category: Agreement
Date: 3 June 2011
Sub Category:Commercial Agreement
Location:Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia
Subject Matter:Compensation | Cultural Heritage | Economic Development | Employment and Training | Environmental Heritage | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure
Summary Information:
The Rio Tinto Iron Ore Nyiyaparli Agreement was entered into between the Nyiyaparli Native Title Claim Group and Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

The agreement is one of four entered into by Rio Tinto Iron Ore with native title claimants in the Pilbara. Other agreements include those with the Ngarlawannga Native Title Claim Group, the Kuruma and Marthudunera Native Title Claim Group and the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura Native Title Claim Group.
Detailed Information:
The Nyiyaparli people filed an application for a determination of native title in September 2005 (Federal Court No WAD6280/98). That application was registered on the Native Title Register and is currently in mediation.

The Nyiyaparli agreement covers some 36,684 square kilometres of land in the east Pilbara region and includes the mining town of Newman. The Nyiyaparli community has approximately 300 members.

The agreement provides for continuing mining operations at Brickman 4, Mesa A, Mesa J, Hope Downs as well as any mines that Rio Tinto Iron Ore might establish in the future.

For their part, the Nyiyaparli Native Title Claim Group has negotiated a range of economic and non-economic benefits, including an income stream from mining on their lands, training and job opportunities, access to contracts for services for Rio Tinto and support for environmental and heritage activities (Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation).

The agreements also include mine exclusion zones for the protection of significant sites, as well as water holes and ecologically sensitive areas.

A local Aboriginal corporation has being established to manage the agreement, and a broader regional corporation has also been established to advance the interests of the traditional owners in the Pilbara.

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore Kuruma and Marthudunera Agreement
  • Organisation
  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore - Signatory
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation - Aboriginal Representative Party

  • References

    General Reference
    National Native Title Tribunal (2005) Claimant application summary - Nyiyaparli
    Media Release
    Hon. Robert McClelland, Attorney General (3 June 2011) Major Native Title Agreement for the Pilbara Region
    Publication
    Yarmatji Marlpa Aborignal Corporation (June 2011) YMAC News

    Glossary

    Commercial Agreement | Native Title Applicants | Native Title Claimants (registered) (Australia)

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