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Noongar People Noongar Land: The Resilience of Aboriginal Culture in the South West of Western Australia
Noongar people, Noongar land, arose out of the protracted struggle by the Indigenous Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia to gain recognition of their native title rights and interests under the Australian federal government’s Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA). The claim, known as 'the Single Noongar Claim', was heard in 2005. The case resulted in a historic judgment in favour of the Noongar people, in which Justice Wilcox of the Federal Court found that native title continued to exist (Bennell v State of Western Australia  FCA 1243). The area ruled by Justice Wilcox to be subject to native title rights included parts of the city of Perth. This was the first judgment to recognise native title over parts of a capital city and its surroundings.