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The Balanggarra native title area is covered by three claims; Balanggarra Combined, Balanggarra #3 and Balanggarra #4.

The Balanggarra Combined and Balanggarra #3 claims were determined by the Federal Court on August 7, 2013. The claim area covers more than 30,343 sq km of country in the north Kimberley including the Wyndham township, Kalumburu, Oombulgurri and Forest River Aboriginal reserves, Carson River pastoral lease, parts of the Drysdale River National Park and unallocated crown land at Cape Londonderry, Carson River and the Cambridge Gulf Coast.

The Balanggarra #4 claim was lodged with the National Native Title Tribunal on May 29, 2013 and covers 42 sq km of unallocated crown land.

The Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC holds on trust the native title rights and interests of Balanggarra Traditional Owners.

The Federal Court recognised native title across a large area of the Bardi and Jawi claim on November 30, 2005 including exclusive possession across most of the mainland area. The Federal Court also found that native title did not exist across sea country, reefs, and a number of the islands including Sunday Island and Jackson’s Island.

The KLC appealed the decision in 2006 and on March 18, 2010, and the Full Federal Court reversed the initial decision and recognised the native title rights of the Bardi and Jawi people across their sea country on the Dampier Peninsula.

The Bardi Jawi native title claim was determined through litigation across 15 years. The claim covers 1,037 sq km of land and sea country on the Dampier Peninsula.

The Bardi and Jawi Niimidiman Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Bardi and Jawi people.

The Bindunbur native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal in December 2013. The claim brings together all the native title holders on the Middle Dampier Peninsula that share the same system of laws and customs. Through taking a joint approach, the native title claimants hope the Bindunbur native title claim will be resolved in the near future after previous long delays to the process.

When combined, the Bindunbur claims cover more than 7609 sq km of land and sea country covering the north, north east and central areas of the Middle Dampier Peninsula.

The Federal Court recognised the native title rights and interests of the Bunuba people across the Fitzroy Valley on December 12, 2012.

The Bunuba people waited more than 13 years for the determination of their native title claim which covers 6,258 sq km. The Leopold Downs pastoral lease, the Fairfield pastoral lease, portions of other pastoral leases and small areas of reserve land and unallocated crown land are included within the claim area.

A second native title claim Bunuba #2 was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on May 10, 2012 and includes the Windjana Gorge National Park and Tunnel Creek - the home of Aboriginal warrior Jandamarra.

The Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Bunuba people.

The Dambimangari people are part of the Wanjina Wunggurr cultural bloc of the north Kimberley which shares the same mythology and law based on the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits – the creators of country.

The Dambimangari native title claim was determined on May 26, 2011 with an on-country Federal Court hearing at Cone Bay. The Dambimangari native title area covers 27,932 sq km of country renowned for its natural, cultural and heritage values. Dambimangari country stretches from King Sound, Camden Sound and Montgomery Reef across the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago through to Hall Point and Horizontal Falls.

Much of the determination is exclusive possession, the strongest form of native title recognised in Australian law. The Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation manages the administrative and business affairs of the Dambimangari people while the Wanjina Wunggurr RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Dambimangari, Wilinggin and Uunguu native title holders. For more information visit:

www.dambimangari.com.au

The Gooniyandi people of the Fitzroy River were recognised as the Traditional Owners of their country in the Central Kimberley on June 19, 2013.

The Gooniyandi native title area covers 11,200 sq km of land and water and includes the Indigenous-owned pastoral stations of Bohemia Downs, Mt Pierre and Louisa Downs and portions of the non-Indigenous Christmas Creek, Gogo, Fossil Downs, Larrawa and Margaret River pastoral stations.

About 50 per cent of the native title claim is exclusive possession – the highest possible form of native title rights and interests.

The Gooniyandi people waited about 15 years to have their native title rights recognised under Australian law. The Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Gooniyandi people.

For more information go to the Gooniyandi website:

http://www.gooniyandiaboriginalcorporation.com/

The Gooring (Lumugal) native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 17, 2006. The claim was lodged in response to a Future Act application and covers an 11 sq km area between the O’Donnell Range, the Ragged Range, the Evelyn Range and the Pitt Range.

Jaru

The Jaru native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal in March 2012. The claim covers 28,915 sq km of country north of the Tanami Desert and south of Halls Creek.

The Karajarri native title area extends along the eastern edge of Broome, down the coastline south of Roebuck Bay to 80 Mile beach and inland towards the Great Sandy Desert. There are three Karajarri native title claims including:

  • Karajarri A which covers 24, 275 sq km of country towards the desert and was determined on February 12, 2002.
  • Karajarri B which was determined on September 8, 2004 and includes non-exclusive native title rights across 5,000 sq km of land which includes the Shamrock, Nita Downs and parts of the Anna Plains pastoral leases.
  • Yawinya native title claim which is a joint claim between the Karajarri and Nyangumarta peoples across a shared area. The claim was determined on May 25, 2012 and includes 2000 sq km of land and sea country across Anna Plains Station, a portion of Mandora Station and 80 Mile Beach, in the East Pilbara and West Kimberley regions of WA.

The Karajarri Traditional Lands Association manages the native title rights and interests of the Karajarri people.

The Koonjie Elvire claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on November 15, 1999. The claim covers 1016 sq km and includes an area north of Halls Creek and south of Kununurra in the east Kimberley.

The Kurungal native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on December 1, 1997. The claim is located to the south east of Fitzroy Crossing and covers 890 sq km of country including a portion of the Christmas Creek pastoral lease and the Ngumpan and Wangkatjungka communities.

The Malarngowem native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 3, 2000. The claim covers a 7529 sq km area north of Halls Creek and towards Warmun.

The Mayala claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on July 1, 1998. The claim covers the island and sea area north of Derby around the Buccaneer Archipelago.

The Full Federal Court recognised the native title rights of the Miriuwung Gajerrong people on December 9, 2003 after nearly a decade of litigation.

The Miriuwung Gajerrong native title claim covers 7095 sq km and includes the township of Kununurra in the east Kimberley, Lake Argyle, the Keep River and the Ord River irrigation area.

The Miriuwung Gajerrong #4 claim was determined on November 2006. The claim area covers 6,758 sq km and includes the Carlton Hills Station, Ivanhoe Station and the WA part of the Rosewood Station pastoral leases. Exclusive possession native title was recognised across the community leases areas of Molly Springs, Flying Fox, Kumbarumba and Ningbing along with shared interests across pastoral lease land.

The Miriuwung Gajerrong Aboriginal Corporation manages the native title rights and interest of behalf of its people.

The Ngarrawanji native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on June 25, 1996. The claim covers 4078 sq km and includes the Moola Bulla pastoral lease and small areas of unallocated crown land around Halls Creek.

The Ngurrara native title claims cover a vast area in the southern desert region of the Kimberley.

The largest of the Ngurrara claims was determined on November 7, 2009 and includes 77,814 sq km the Great Sandy Desert and a section of the Canning Stock Route. In 2012, another two claims covering small parcels of land in the desert region were also determined.

The Ngurrara claim group is comprised of people from the Walmajarri, Wangkajunga, Mangala and Juwaliny language groups.

The Yanunjarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests of the Ngurrara people.

For more information go to the Yanunijarra website:

http://www.yanunijarra.com/

The Noonkanbah native title claim was determined on April 27, 2007.

The Noonkanbah determination was a historic day for the Kimberley Land Council as our organisation was borne out of the late 70’s land rights dispute that happened there. The Noonkanbah dispute played a significant part in the movement towards land rights justice for Aboriginal people that culminated in the development and implementation of the Native Title Act 1993.

The Noonkanbah native title claim covers 1811 sq km in the central Fitzroy Valley region of the Kimberley and includes the Noonkanbah Station pastoral lease. The Yungongora Aboriginal Corporation administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Noonkanbah native title holders.

The native title rights of the Nyikina Mangala people were recognised on May 29, 2014, after more than 18 years.

The Nyikina Mangala native title claim area covers more than 26,000 sq km and extends from the mouth of the King Sound below Derby, along the Fitzroy Valley to Noonkanbah and south into the Great Sandy Desert.

Exclusive possession native title rights have been recognised across more than 40 per cent of the claim area, including three Aboriginal pastoral stations, a large tract of unallocated crown land in the Great Sandy Desert and smaller pockets within the claim.

The Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC is responsible for managing the Nyikina Mangala people’s native title rights and interests.

The Purnululu native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on March 27, 1995 and was subsequently amended and re-registered on October 15, 1999. The claim covers 4587 sq km across the Purnululu National Park in the east Kimberley.

The Yawuru people were recognised as the native title holders across Broome and surrounding areas on April 28, 2006 after a long and difficult process of negotiation and litigation. The Federal Court handed down the Rubibi native title determination at on-country hearing at Town Beach. The claim area covers 5298 sq km of country from Yardoogara (near Saddle Hill) in the south to Waterbank Station in the north. It also encompasses the Broome town site and the Roebuck Plains and Thangoo pastoral stations while two thirds of the claim is exclusive possession native title land.

The State Government lodged an appeal to the Rubibi case in June 2006 which was dismissed in May 2008 and lodged an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court in August 2008.

The Rubibi native title claim was finalised after the State Government withdrew the appeal on August 10, 2009. As a result, the Federal Court’s determination in 2006, recognising the Yawuru people as the Traditional Owners stands.

The Nyamba Buru Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation manages the native title rights and interest of the Yawuru people. For more information visit

http://www.yawuru.com/

The Tjurabalan native title claim was the first in the Kimberley to be determined by consent on August 20, 2001.

The claim covers 26,000 sq km of land south of Halls Creek into the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts and eastwards to the Western Australia / Northern Territory border. It also includes part of the Canning Stock Route and the Aboriginal communities of Ringer Soak, Billiluna, Mulan and Balgo.

The area is known for Paruku Lake or Lake Gregory which is an oasis in the middle of the desert. It is also an internationally renowned wetland and serves as a major migratory stop-over area for a variety of shorebirds.

The Tjurabalan Aboriginal Corporation manages the group’s native title rights and interests as well as its Indigenous Protected Area and various pastoral leases.

The Uunguu and Uunguu B native title claims are part of the wider Wanjina Wunggurr cultural bloc that also includes the Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title claims. The Wanjina Wunggurr people share the same mythology and law based on the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits – the creators of country.

The Wanjina Wunggurr Uunguu native title claim was determined on May 23, 2011 at an on-country hearing of the Federal Court at Truscott Airbase in the north Kimberley.

The Uunguu claim which means ‘our living home’, covers 25,909 sq km. Most of the claim area is exclusive possession – the strongest form of native title rights.

The Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation manages the administrative and business affairs of the Wunambal Gaambera people while the Wanjina Wunggurr RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Uunguu, Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title holders.

The Warrwa Mawadjala Gadjidgar claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on June 23, 2011. The claim covers an area across Point Torment in the west Kimberley.

The Wanjina Wunggurr Wilinggin native title claim was the first of the three Wanjina Wunggurr claims to be progressed. The Wanjina Wunggurr is one group of people, who share a distinctive body of law and custom based on the belief systems of the Wanjina and Wunggurr.

The Wilinggin native title claim was determined on August 27, 2004. As native title law was still in its infancy at the time, the Wilinggin native title claim was determined by litigation rather than consent.

The Wilinggin native title claim is located in the heart of the Kimberley along the iconic Gibb River Road and covers more than 60,150 sq km – an area the size of Tasmania.

The Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation manages the business affairs of the Wilinggin people while the Wanjina Wunggurr Aboriginal Corporation manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of Wilinggin, Dambimangari and Uunguu native title holders.

The Yarrangi Riwi Yoowarni Gooniyandi native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 15, 2013.

The native title claim covers 2403 sq km across the Fitzroy Valley and is located to the south east of the Fitzroy Crossing township and north of the Fitzroy River.

The Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 29, 2012.

The claim covers 22,130 sq km and includes country to the west of Fitzroy Crossing, south towards Halls Creek and into the desert region of the Kimberley.

The Yurriyangem Taam native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on October 29, 2010. The claim covers 23,258 sq km of country from the north-east of Fitzroy Crossing towards Kununurra in the east Kimberley.

Balanggarra Combined and Balanggarra 3

The Balanggarra native title area is covered by three claims; Balanggarra Combined, Balanggarra #3 and Balanggarra #4.

The Balanggarra Combined and Balanggarra #3 claims were determined by the Federal Court on August 7, 2013. The claim area covers more than 30,343 sq km of country in the north Kimberley including the Wyndham township, Kalumburu, Oombulgurri and Forest River Aboriginal reserves, Carson River pastoral lease, parts of the Drysdale River National Park and unallocated crown land at Cape Londonderry, Carson River and the Cambridge Gulf Coast.

The Balanggarra #4 claim was lodged with the National Native Title Tribunal on May 29, 2013 and covers 42 sq km of unallocated crown land.

The Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC holds on trust the native title rights and interests of Balanggarra Traditional Owners.

Bardi Jawi

The Federal Court recognised native title across a large area of the Bardi and Jawi claim on November 30, 2005 including exclusive possession across most of the mainland area. The Federal Court also found that native title did not exist across sea country, reefs, and a number of the islands including Sunday Island and Jackson’s Island.

The KLC appealed the decision in 2006 and on March 18, 2010, and the Full Federal Court reversed the initial decision and recognised the native title rights of the Bardi and Jawi people across their sea country on the Dampier Peninsula.

The Bardi Jawi native title claim was determined through litigation across 15 years. The claim covers 1,037 sq km of land and sea country on the Dampier Peninsula.

The Bardi and Jawi Niimidiman Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Bardi and Jawi people.

Bindunbur

The Bindunbur native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal in December 2013. The claim brings together all the native title holders on the Middle Dampier Peninsula that share the same system of laws and customs. Through taking a joint approach, the native title claimants hope the Bindunbur native title claim will be resolved in the near future after previous long delays to the process.

When combined, the Bindunbur claims cover more than 7609 sq km of land and sea country covering the north, north east and central areas of the Middle Dampier Peninsula.

Bunuba

The Federal Court recognised the native title rights and interests of the Bunuba people across the Fitzroy Valley on December 12, 2012.

The Bunuba people waited more than 13 years for the determination of their native title claim which covers 6,258 sq km. The Leopold Downs pastoral lease, the Fairfield pastoral lease, portions of other pastoral leases and small areas of reserve land and unallocated crown land are included within the claim area.

A second native title claim Bunuba #2 was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on May 10, 2012 and includes the Windjana Gorge National Park and Tunnel Creek - the home of Aboriginal warrior Jandamarra.

The Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Bunuba people.

Dambimangari

The Dambimangari people are part of the Wanjina Wunggurr cultural bloc of the north Kimberley which shares the same mythology and law based on the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits – the creators of country.

The Dambimangari native title claim was determined on May 26, 2011 with an on-country Federal Court hearing at Cone Bay. The Dambimangari native title area covers 27,932 sq km of country renowned for its natural, cultural and heritage values. Dambimangari country stretches from King Sound, Camden Sound and Montgomery Reef across the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago through to Hall Point and Horizontal Falls.

Much of the determination is exclusive possession, the strongest form of native title recognised in Australian law. The Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation manages the administrative and business affairs of the Dambimangari people while the Wanjina Wunggurr RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Dambimangari, Wilinggin and Uunguu native title holders. For more information visit:

www.dambimangari.com.au

Gooniyandi

The Gooniyandi people of the Fitzroy River were recognised as the Traditional Owners of their country in the Central Kimberley on June 19, 2013.

The Gooniyandi native title area covers 11,200 sq km of land and water and includes the Indigenous-owned pastoral stations of Bohemia Downs, Mt Pierre and Louisa Downs and portions of the non-Indigenous Christmas Creek, Gogo, Fossil Downs, Larrawa and Margaret River pastoral stations.

About 50 per cent of the native title claim is exclusive possession – the highest possible form of native title rights and interests.

The Gooniyandi people waited about 15 years to have their native title rights recognised under Australian law. The Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Gooniyandi people.

For more information go to the Gooniyandi website:

http://www.gooniyandiaboriginalcorporation.com/

Goorring

The Gooring (Lumugal) native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 17, 2006. The claim was lodged in response to a Future Act application and covers an 11 sq km area between the O’Donnell Range, the Ragged Range, the Evelyn Range and the Pitt Range.

Jaru

The Jaru native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal in March 2012. The claim covers 28,915 sq km of country north of the Tanami Desert and south of Halls Creek.

Karajarri

The Karajarri native title area extends along the eastern edge of Broome, down the coastline south of Roebuck Bay to 80 Mile beach and inland towards the Great Sandy Desert. There are three Karajarri native title claims including:

  • Karajarri A which covers 24, 275 sq km of country towards the desert and was determined on February 12, 2002.
  • Karajarri B which was determined on September 8, 2004 and includes non-exclusive native title rights across 5,000 sq km of land which includes the Shamrock, Nita Downs and parts of the Anna Plains pastoral leases.
  • Yawinya native title claim which is a joint claim between the Karajarri and Nyangumarta peoples across a shared area. The claim was determined on May 25, 2012 and includes 2000 sq km of land and sea country across Anna Plains Station, a portion of Mandora Station and 80 Mile Beach, in the East Pilbara and West Kimberley regions of WA.

The Karajarri Traditional Lands Association manages the native title rights and interests of the Karajarri people.

Koonjie Elvire

The Koonjie Elvire claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on November 15, 1999. The claim covers 1016 sq km and includes an area north of Halls Creek and south of Kununurra in the east Kimberley.

Kurungal

The Kurungal native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on December 1, 1997. The claim is located to the south east of Fitzroy Crossing and covers 890 sq km of country including a portion of the Christmas Creek pastoral lease and the Ngumpan and Wangkatjungka communities.

Malarngowem

The Malarngowem native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 3, 2000. The claim covers a 7529 sq km area north of Halls Creek and towards Warmun.

Mayala

The Mayala claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on July 1, 1998. The claim covers the island and sea area north of Derby around the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Miriuwung Gajerrong

The Full Federal Court recognised the native title rights of the Miriuwung Gajerrong people on December 9, 2003 after nearly a decade of litigation.

The Miriuwung Gajerrong native title claim covers 7095 sq km and includes the township of Kununurra in the east Kimberley, Lake Argyle, the Keep River and the Ord River irrigation area.

The Miriuwung Gajerrong #4 claim was determined on November 2006. The claim area covers 6,758 sq km and includes the Carlton Hills Station, Ivanhoe Station and the WA part of the Rosewood Station pastoral leases. Exclusive possession native title was recognised across the community leases areas of Molly Springs, Flying Fox, Kumbarumba and Ningbing along with shared interests across pastoral lease land.

The Miriuwung Gajerrong Aboriginal Corporation manages the native title rights and interest of behalf of its people.

Ngarrawanji

The Ngarrawanji native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on June 25, 1996. The claim covers 4078 sq km and includes the Moola Bulla pastoral lease and small areas of unallocated crown land around Halls Creek.

Ngurrara

The Ngurrara native title claims cover a vast area in the southern desert region of the Kimberley.

The largest of the Ngurrara claims was determined on November 7, 2009 and includes 77,814 sq km the Great Sandy Desert and a section of the Canning Stock Route. In 2012, another two claims covering small parcels of land in the desert region were also determined.

The Ngurrara claim group is comprised of people from the Walmajarri, Wangkajunga, Mangala and Juwaliny language groups.

The Yanunjarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests of the Ngurrara people.

For more information go to the Yanunijarra website:

http://www.yanunijarra.com/

Noonkanbah

The Noonkanbah native title claim was determined on April 27, 2007.

The Noonkanbah determination was a historic day for the Kimberley Land Council as our organisation was borne out of the late 70’s land rights dispute that happened there. The Noonkanbah dispute played a significant part in the movement towards land rights justice for Aboriginal people that culminated in the development and implementation of the Native Title Act 1993.

The Noonkanbah native title claim covers 1811 sq km in the central Fitzroy Valley region of the Kimberley and includes the Noonkanbah Station pastoral lease. The Yungongora Aboriginal Corporation administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Noonkanbah native title holders.

Nyikina Mangala

The native title rights of the Nyikina Mangala people were recognised on May 29, 2014, after more than 18 years.

The Nyikina Mangala native title claim area covers more than 26,000 sq km and extends from the mouth of the King Sound below Derby, along the Fitzroy Valley to Noonkanbah and south into the Great Sandy Desert.

Exclusive possession native title rights have been recognised across more than 40 per cent of the claim area, including three Aboriginal pastoral stations, a large tract of unallocated crown land in the Great Sandy Desert and smaller pockets within the claim.

The Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC is responsible for managing the Nyikina Mangala people’s native title rights and interests.

Purnululu

The Purnululu native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on March 27, 1995 and was subsequently amended and re-registered on October 15, 1999. The claim covers 4587 sq km across the Purnululu National Park in the east Kimberley.

Rubibi/Yawuru

The Yawuru people were recognised as the native title holders across Broome and surrounding areas on April 28, 2006 after a long and difficult process of negotiation and litigation. The Federal Court handed down the Rubibi native title determination at on-country hearing at Town Beach. The claim area covers 5298 sq km of country from Yardoogara (near Saddle Hill) in the south to Waterbank Station in the north. It also encompasses the Broome town site and the Roebuck Plains and Thangoo pastoral stations while two thirds of the claim is exclusive possession native title land.

The State Government lodged an appeal to the Rubibi case in June 2006 which was dismissed in May 2008 and lodged an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court in August 2008.

The Rubibi native title claim was finalised after the State Government withdrew the appeal on August 10, 2009. As a result, the Federal Court’s determination in 2006, recognising the Yawuru people as the Traditional Owners stands.

The Nyamba Buru Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation manages the native title rights and interest of the Yawuru people. For more information visit

http://www.yawuru.com/

Tjurabalan

The Tjurabalan native title claim was the first in the Kimberley to be determined by consent on August 20, 2001.

The claim covers 26,000 sq km of land south of Halls Creek into the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts and eastwards to the Western Australia / Northern Territory border. It also includes part of the Canning Stock Route and the Aboriginal communities of Ringer Soak, Billiluna, Mulan and Balgo.

The area is known for Paruku Lake or Lake Gregory which is an oasis in the middle of the desert. It is also an internationally renowned wetland and serves as a major migratory stop-over area for a variety of shorebirds.

The Tjurabalan Aboriginal Corporation manages the group’s native title rights and interests as well as its Indigenous Protected Area and various pastoral leases.

Uunguu and Uunguu B

The Uunguu and Uunguu B native title claims are part of the wider Wanjina Wunggurr cultural bloc that also includes the Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title claims. The Wanjina Wunggurr people share the same mythology and law based on the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits – the creators of country.

The Wanjina Wunggurr Uunguu native title claim was determined on May 23, 2011 at an on-country hearing of the Federal Court at Truscott Airbase in the north Kimberley.

The Uunguu claim which means ‘our living home’, covers 25,909 sq km. Most of the claim area is exclusive possession – the strongest form of native title rights.

The Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation manages the administrative and business affairs of the Wunambal Gaambera people while the Wanjina Wunggurr RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Uunguu, Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title holders.

Warrwa Mawadjala Gadjidgar

The Warrwa Mawadjala Gadjidgar claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on June 23, 2011. The claim covers an area across Point Torment in the west Kimberley.

Wilinggin

The Wanjina Wunggurr Wilinggin native title claim was the first of the three Wanjina Wunggurr claims to be progressed. The Wanjina Wunggurr is one group of people, who share a distinctive body of law and custom based on the belief systems of the Wanjina and Wunggurr.

The Wilinggin native title claim was determined on August 27, 2004. As native title law was still in its infancy at the time, the Wilinggin native title claim was determined by litigation rather than consent.

The Wilinggin native title claim is located in the heart of the Kimberley along the iconic Gibb River Road and covers more than 60,150 sq km – an area the size of Tasmania.

The Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation manages the business affairs of the Wilinggin people while the Wanjina Wunggurr Aboriginal Corporation manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of Wilinggin, Dambimangari and Uunguu native title holders.

Yarrangi Riwi Yoowarni Gooniyandi

The Yarrangi Riwi Yoowarni Gooniyandi native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 15, 2013.

The native title claim covers 2403 sq km across the Fitzroy Valley and is located to the south east of the Fitzroy Crossing township and north of the Fitzroy River.

Yi Martuwarra Ngurrara

The Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on February 29, 2012.

The claim covers 22,130 sq km and includes country to the west of Fitzroy Crossing, south towards Halls Creek and into the desert region of the Kimberley.

Yurriyangem Taam

The Yurriyangem Taam native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on October 29, 2010. The claim covers 23,258 sq km of country from the north-east of Fitzroy Crossing towards Kununurra in the east Kimberley.