Hastings Technology Metals (ASX:HAS) (Hastings or Company) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Native Title Agreement (NTA) with the Thiin-Mah Warriyangka, Tharrkari and Jiwarli People (TMWTJ People) in respect of its Yangibana Rare Earths project in Western Australia.
In October 2016, the TMWTJ People registered a claim with the National Native Title Tribunal in the Federal Court of Australia over the Company’s entire tenement area measuring approximately 650 sq km. This claim was lodged notwithstanding that the Company had been granted Mining Leases on mineralised ground covering approximately 50 sq km, free of a native title claim, in March 2016.
Charles Lew, Chairman commented:
“This is a major milestone for Hastings which allows us to move forward with confidence to the next development and financing stage of the project following completion of the DFS.
We have built a solid and mutually respectful relationship with the TMWTJ People in the last 12 months of negotiations and we look forward to working with the elders to achieve the aspirations of Hastings and the TMWTJ People.”