Koa people win native title claim in north-west Queensland

Map of the native title determination area for the Koa people, covering 31,400sq km in Queensland's north-west. Picture: Queensland South Native Title Services

Native title rights to a large area of land in Western Queensland have been now formally recognised by the federal court. 

The court on Wednesday resolved a native title determination from the regions Koa people for over thirty-one thousand square kilometres of land and waters near the town of Winton.

Traditional owners from the region say the decision will help to give justice to her ancestors after a long journey since the claim was originally filed in 2015.

CEO of the Queensland South Native Title Services and Torres Strait Islander man Kevin Smith spoke to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez about the decision.