The WA Mirning People are the traditional custodians of the lands on the Nullarbor Plains region of Western Australia. These stretch from the SA/WA boarder to Caiguna in the west and from the Great Australian Bight shorelines to the transcontinental lines in the North.
After 18 years in the courts, Native Title determination was handed to WA Mirning People by Justice Robertson on-country at Low Point on 24 October 2017.
The Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (MTLAC) is the registered native title representative body corporate that manages and protects the native title rights and interests of the WA Mirning People. The corporation is governed by a 13-member board.
WGEH recognises and respects the deep spiritual connection of the WA Mirning People to their land and their culture. Indeed, the on- going relationship with the WA Mirning People is fundamental to the success of the WGEH Project.
Uniquely, the WA Mirning People are recognised in the corporate framework of the project, via a shareholding and in a corporate charter which sets out the fundamental business purpose and core principles of the project. This is to enable the Mirning people to create shared wellbeing on a healthy planet. It also informs and supports open, honest and meaningful engagement and information sharing and transparency with the WA Mirning People.
The WGEH project provides a transformational opportunity to support the development of a thriving WA Mirning led Indigenous economy and the strengthening of the WA Mirning People’s culture and traditions.
An Australian Securities and Investments Commission entity Mirning Green Energy Limited (MGEL) holds shares in WGEH and is able to appoint a person to be a director on the WGEH board. MTLAC is the sole member of MGEL
WGEH is currently negotiating an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the WA Mirning People.