Happy Gumala Day!
1st March is an important day in Gumala’s history. 19 years ago on the same date in 1997, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) signed the Yandi Land Use Agreement (YLUA) with Rio Tinto (then called Hamersley Iron). The YLUA outlines how mining compensation royalties from Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina iron ore mine would be delivered to Gumala Traditional Owners.
The YLUA was the first major Indigenous Land Use Agreement of its kind following the historic Eddie Mabo High Court decision in 1992 which overturned the fiction of “terra nullius” (land inhabited by no-one) and later recognised Native Title in Australia for the first time.