Western Australia

Oct 11, 2012

Aboriginal landowners clash with government over outback dish

Aboriginal landowners who signed an agreement to host a powerful radio-telescope site three years ago are still fighting for the promised assistance to their community, writes Kerry Faulkner from Perth.

More than $8 million paid to a native title group for remote grazing land in West Australia to house the world’s most powerful radio-telescope is trapped in a deadlock between Aboriginal traditional owners and consultants contracted by the state government to help them.

The money has been in limbo for three years, putting a halt to a range of important employment, training and education initiatives for Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia.

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