Santos staff were among about 300 people who gathered for a special hearing of the Federal court which saw the Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka people granted native title rights to over around 40,000 square kilometres in the state’s far-north east.
At the special "bush hearing" at Cullyamurra Waterhole, Justice Mansfield of the Federal Court settled the claim, which dates back almost two decades, acknowledging the Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka people as the native title holders of their traditional lands.
The area stretches across seven pastoral leases and includes Coongie Lakes National Park, Innamincka Regional Reserve and Strzelecki Regional Reserve.
The hearing marks a very significant milestone for the YY People and Santos was proud to be associated with the event.
Santos has a long-standing relationship with the Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka people. In 2015, Santos engaged 35 YY People over 875 field days to undertake cultural heritage assessments for roads, lease builds, flowlines and seismic lines.
Santos looks forward to continued engagement with the Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka to consider ways to improve the protection and management of cultural heritage.