Source:
SBS
27 Aug 2004 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 22 Aug 2013 - 9:37 AM

One of Australia's largest native title claims is expected to be resolved in the federal court in Perth today.

The claim covers a part of the Kimberley region in the north of Western Australia, equivalent to the size of Tasmania.

The claim has been brought forward by the local Wanjina Wungurr Willingin people.

If the court rules in their favour, local elders would be granted the right to negotiate deals with mining companies to share in revenues from the resource rich sites.

They would also be able to negotiate access to pastoral land for cultural activities, including corroborees.

The court ruling is expected to confirm the indigenous peoples' right to protect hundreds of rock art sites popular with tourists.