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

The Balanggarra Combined, Balanggarra #4, and most of the 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 Forrest 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 Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC holds on trust the native title rights and interests of Balanggarra Traditional Owners.

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 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, the Full Federal Court reversed parts of the initial decision and recognised the native title rights of the Bardi and Jawi people across their sea country.

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

The Federal Court recognised native title across the Bindunbur and Jabirr Jabirr/Ngumbarl claim areas on May 2, 2018 including exclusive possession across most of the mainland area. The Bindunbur determination brings together all the native title holders of the middle Dampier Peninsula, who share the same system of laws and customs. The determination recognises the native title rights of Jabirr Jabirr/Ngumbarl, Nyul Nyul and Nimanburr peoples, in their respective areas of country. In total, the determination covers more than 11,600 sq km of land and sea country.

The Birriman-gan native title claim was lodged with the Federal Court on 22 November 2018. It covers an area of 2,125 square kilometres of unallocated Crown land between the Yawuru (Rubibi), Nyikina Mangala and Karajarri determination areas.

The Bunuba people have lodged a series of native title claims in the Fitzroy Valley region between 1996 and 2013. These claims have been successively determined between 1999 and December 2015.

Country where native title has been recognised for the Bunuba people includes Leopold Downs pastoral lease, Fairfield pastoral lease, portions of other pastoral leases, small areas of reserve land and unallocated Crown land, and 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.

Only a small part of the Bunuba claims has not yet been determined. This area of country is currently overlapped by the Warlangurru #2 native title claim. The overlapping claims are expected to be resolved in the Federal Court during 2019.

The Dambimangari native title holders 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 (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Dambimangari, Wilinggin and Uunguu native title holders. Please visit www.dambimangari.com.au

The members of the Giniyjawarrni Yoowaniya Riwi (GYR) native title claim were recognised as native title holders by the Federal Court of Australia on December 17, 2018.

Located in the central Kimberley, the GYR native title determination includes Gooniyandi, Kija and Gooniyandi/Kija identifying people. The area, which covers approximately 2,212 sq km, is bordered to the west and south-west by the Gooniyandi Combined #2 native title determination, to the north and east by the Yurriyangem Taam native title claim, and to the south by the Jaru native title determination area.

The GYR native title claim covers the same lands that were covered by one part of the former Yarrangi Riwi Yoowarni Gooniyandi (YRYG) native title claim. The other part of the YRYG claim was the subject of a consent determination of native title on 25 October 2016.

The Gooniyandi people of the Fitzroy Valley region were recognised as the native title holders of their country in the Central Kimberley on June 19, 2013, when the Gooniyandi Combined claim was determined by the Federal Court.

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

About 50 per cent of the Gooniyandi Combined determination area is exclusive possession native title – 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.

A second native title claim was lodged on behalf of the Gooniyandi people in October 2012 over two separate areas of country. The western portion was determined by consent in October 2016. The eastern portion was discontinued on 4 December 2017.

The Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Gooniyandi people. For more information please visit the Gooniyandi FaceBook page.

On December 19, 2018, the Federal Court of Australia made a determination of native title for the Goorring native title claim in the East Kimberley.

The Goorring native title claim was lodged with the Federal Court in January 2016 and registered on the National Native Register 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.

An on country acknowledgement of the native title determination is scheduled to occur in 2019.

The Jaru people were recognised as native title holders of their country in the East Kimberley on 6 December 2018.

The Jaru native title determination area covers 23,591 sq km of country and includes exclusive possession native title in reserves held in trust by the Aboriginal Lands Trust, Lamboo pastoral lease, a number of Aboriginal-held leases over communities, and part of Carranya pastoral lease which is inside the determination area.

The determination also includes very important sites such as Dalany, Gariny, and the Sturt Creek waterway, including Red Rock, Chuall Pool, Bindi Bindi, Kulyarjaru Banana Springs, Jambat, Namarung, Marala Gorge, and all their associated Dreamings.

The Jaru prescribed body corporate will be established during 2019-2020.

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

  • 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 determination which is a joint determination recognising the Karajarri and Nyangumarta peoples across a shared area. The claim was determined on May 25, 2012 and includes 2,000 sq km of land and sea country across Anna Plains Station, a portion of Mandora Station and 80 Mile Beach, in the north Pilbara and west Kimberley regions of WA.

The Karajarri Traditional Lands Association RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests of the Karajarri people. Please visit the Karajarri Traditional Lands Association FaceBook page

The Karajarri Yanja claim covers an area of 68.4 square kilometres and was lodged with the Federal Court on 24 October 2014 to secure the future act procedural rights of Traditional Owners.

The Koongie Elvire claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on November 15, 1999. The claim covers 1,016 sq km and includes an area north of Halls Creek and south of Kununurra in the east Kimberley. The Koongie-Elvire claim is expected to be determined during 2019.

The Kurungal native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on December 1, 1997.

The claim was determined on December 2, 2015 with an on-country Federal Court hearing at Ngumpan. 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 7,529 sq km area north of Halls Creek and towards Warmun.

The Malarngowem claim is expected to be determined in 2019.

The Mayala native title determination occurred on October 4, 2018, more than twenty years after the Mayala native title claim was first lodged.

The determination covers the islands and sea of the Buccaneer Archipelago, north of Derby. Almost all of the islands are held under exclusive possession native title by the Mayala native title holders.

A prescribed body corporate for the Mayala determination area will be established during 2019.

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 #1 native title determination covers 7,095 sq km and includes parts of 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 24 November 2006. The determination area covers 6,758 sq km and includes the Carlton Hills pastoral lease, Ivanhoe pastoral lease and the WA part of the Rosewood Station pastoral lease. 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 and Gajerrong #1 (Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Miriuwung and Gajerrong #4 (Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manage the determined native title rights and interests with the assistance of Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation). Please visit https://www.mgcorp.com.au/

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 Ngarrawanji claim is expected to be determined in 2019.

The Ngurrara native title determinations 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 of 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.

In 2018, the Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara claim was determined, recognising rights and interests of Ngurrara native title holders in pastoral lands adjoining the Great Sandy Desert south of Fitzroy Crossing. The Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara determination covers an area of approximately 20,000 square kilometres.

Small sections of the Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara claim were not determined in 2018. These areas are expected to be determined in 2019 with a determination recognising exclusive possession native title.

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

The Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests of the Ngurrara people in all of their determination areas. Please visit http://www.yanunijarra.com/

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

The Noonkanbah determination was an historic day for the Kimberley Land Council as our organisation was borne out of the late 1970s 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 1,811 sq km in the central Fitzroy Valley region of the Kimberley over the Noonkanbah Station pastoral lease. The Yungongora Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC 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, more than 18 years after the Nyikina Mangala claim was first lodged.

The Nyikina Mangala native title claim area covers more than 26,000 sq km and extends from the mouth of the King Sound south of 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 determination area, including three Aboriginal-owned 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. Please visit http://www.walalakoo.org.au/

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 4,587 sq km across the Purnululu National Park in the east Kimberley.

The Purnululu claim is scheduled for a court hearing in August 2019 and is expected to be determined during 2020.

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 an on-country hearing at Town Beach. The claim area covers 5,298 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 leases. Two thirds of the determination area is exclusive possession native title land.

The State Government lodged an appeal to the Rubibi determination 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 special leave application on August 10, 2009. As a result, the Federal Court’s determination in 2006, recognising the Yawuru people as the Traditional Owners stands.

The Yawuru Native Title Holders Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interest of the Yawuru people. Please visit http://www.yawuru.com/

The Tjurabalan native title claim was the first in the Kimberley to be determined. It was 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 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. In September 2001, Paruku was declared as an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The Paruku Rangers manage the IPA.

The Tjurabalan Native Title Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title holders .

The Uunguu native title determination is part of the wider Wanjina Wunggurr cultural bloc that also includes the Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title determinations. The Wanjina Wunggurr people share the same mythology and law based on the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits – the creators of country. The Uunguu determination area is associated with the Wunambal and Gaambera language groups.

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.

“Uunguu” means “our living home”. The Uunguu determination covers 25,909 sq km. Most of the determination 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 (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Uunguu, Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title holders. Please visit http://www.wunambalgaambera.org.au/

The Warrwa Combined claim covers an area from King Sound east to the Lennard River and north to the northern boundaries of Meda and Napier Downs pastoral leases, where Warrwa country is bounded by the northern Kimberley distinct ranges, rivers and plateaus. Warrwa’s neighbours include Ngarinyn and Unggumi speakers to the east, Worrorra speaking and identifying people to the north, Bunuba speaking people to the southeast and Nyikina speakers to the west and south.

The Warrwa Combined claim was registered in the National Native Title Tribunal on 14 November 2014.

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, including part of the waters of King Sound which surround Point Torment.

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 following a hearing before the Federal Court which included claimants giving evidence on country.

The Wilinggin native title determination area 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 (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of Wilinggin, Dambimangari and Uunguu native title holders.

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.

The Yurriyangem Taam Claim is expected to be determined during 2019.

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

The Balanggarra Combined, Balanggarra #4, and most of the 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 Forrest 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 Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC holds on trust the native title rights and interests of Balanggarra Traditional Owners.

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 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, the Full Federal Court reversed parts of the initial decision and recognised the native title rights of the Bardi and Jawi people across their sea country.

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

The Federal Court recognised native title across the Bindunbur and Jabirr Jabirr/Ngumbarl claim areas on May 2, 2018 including exclusive possession across most of the mainland area. The Bindunbur determination brings together all the native title holders of the middle Dampier Peninsula, who share the same system of laws and customs. The determination recognises the native title rights of Jabirr Jabirr/Ngumbarl, Nyul Nyul and Nimanburr peoples, in their respective areas of country. In total, the determination covers more than 11,600 sq km of land and sea country.

The Birriman-gan native title claim was lodged with the Federal Court on 22 November 2018. It covers an area of 2,125 square kilometres of unallocated Crown land between the Yawuru (Rubibi), Nyikina Mangala and Karajarri determination areas.

The Bunuba people have lodged a series of native title claims in the Fitzroy Valley region between 1996 and 2013. These claims have been successively determined between 1999 and December 2015.

Country where native title has been recognised for the Bunuba people includes Leopold Downs pastoral lease, Fairfield pastoral lease, portions of other pastoral leases, small areas of reserve land and unallocated Crown land, and 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.

Only a small part of the Bunuba claims has not yet been determined. This area of country is currently overlapped by the Warlangurru #2 native title claim. The overlapping claims are expected to be resolved in the Federal Court during 2019.

The Dambimangari native title holders 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 (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Dambimangari, Wilinggin and Uunguu native title holders. Please visit www.dambimangari.com.au

The members of the Giniyjawarrni Yoowaniya Riwi (GYR) native title claim were recognised as native title holders by the Federal Court of Australia on December 17, 2018.

Located in the central Kimberley, the GYR native title determination includes Gooniyandi, Kija and Gooniyandi/Kija identifying people. The area, which covers approximately 2,212 sq km, is bordered to the west and south-west by the Gooniyandi Combined #2 native title determination, to the north and east by the Yurriyangem Taam native title claim, and to the south by the Jaru native title determination area.

The GYR native title claim covers the same lands that were covered by one part of the former Yarrangi Riwi Yoowarni Gooniyandi (YRYG) native title claim. The other part of the YRYG claim was the subject of a consent determination of native title on 25 October 2016.

The Gooniyandi people of the Fitzroy Valley region were recognised as the native title holders of their country in the Central Kimberley on June 19, 2013, when the Gooniyandi Combined claim was determined by the Federal Court.

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

About 50 per cent of the Gooniyandi Combined determination area is exclusive possession native title – 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.

A second native title claim was lodged on behalf of the Gooniyandi people in October 2012 over two separate areas of country. The western portion was determined by consent in October 2016. The eastern portion was discontinued on 4 December 2017.

The Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Gooniyandi people. For more information please visit the Gooniyandi FaceBook page.

On December 19, 2018, the Federal Court of Australia made a determination of native title for the Goorring native title claim in the East Kimberley.

The Goorring native title claim was lodged with the Federal Court in January 2016 and registered on the National Native Register 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.

An on country acknowledgement of the native title determination is scheduled to occur in 2019.

The Jaru people were recognised as native title holders of their country in the East Kimberley on 6 December 2018.

The Jaru native title determination area covers 23,591 sq km of country and includes exclusive possession native title in reserves held in trust by the Aboriginal Lands Trust, Lamboo pastoral lease, a number of Aboriginal-held leases over communities, and part of Carranya pastoral lease which is inside the determination area.

The determination also includes very important sites such as Dalany, Gariny, and the Sturt Creek waterway, including Red Rock, Chuall Pool, Bindi Bindi, Kulyarjaru Banana Springs, Jambat, Namarung, Marala Gorge, and all their associated Dreamings.

The Jaru prescribed body corporate will be established during 2019-2020.

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

  • 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 determination which is a joint determination recognising the Karajarri and Nyangumarta peoples across a shared area. The claim was determined on May 25, 2012 and includes 2,000 sq km of land and sea country across Anna Plains Station, a portion of Mandora Station and 80 Mile Beach, in the north Pilbara and west Kimberley regions of WA.

The Karajarri Traditional Lands Association RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests of the Karajarri people. Please visit the Karajarri Traditional Lands Association FaceBook page

The Karajarri Yanja claim covers an area of 68.4 square kilometres and was lodged with the Federal Court on 24 October 2014 to secure the future act procedural rights of Traditional Owners.

The Koongie Elvire claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on November 15, 1999. The claim covers 1,016 sq km and includes an area north of Halls Creek and south of Kununurra in the east Kimberley. The Koongie-Elvire claim is expected to be determined during 2019.

The Kurungal native title claim was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on December 1, 1997.

The claim was determined on December 2, 2015 with an on-country Federal Court hearing at Ngumpan. 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 7,529 sq km area north of Halls Creek and towards Warmun.

The Malarngowem claim is expected to be determined in 2019.

The Mayala native title determination occurred on October 4, 2018, more than twenty years after the Mayala native title claim was first lodged.

The determination covers the islands and sea of the Buccaneer Archipelago, north of Derby. Almost all of the islands are held under exclusive possession native title by the Mayala native title holders.

A prescribed body corporate for the Mayala determination area will be established during 2019.

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 #1 native title determination covers 7,095 sq km and includes parts of 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 24 November 2006. The determination area covers 6,758 sq km and includes the Carlton Hills pastoral lease, Ivanhoe pastoral lease and the WA part of the Rosewood Station pastoral lease. 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 and Gajerrong #1 (Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Miriuwung and Gajerrong #4 (Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manage the determined native title rights and interests with the assistance of Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation). Please visit https://www.mgcorp.com.au/

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 Ngarrawanji claim is expected to be determined in 2019.

The Ngurrara native title determinations 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 of 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.

In 2018, the Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara claim was determined, recognising rights and interests of Ngurrara native title holders in pastoral lands adjoining the Great Sandy Desert south of Fitzroy Crossing. The Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara determination covers an area of approximately 20,000 square kilometres.

Small sections of the Yi-Martuwarra Ngurrara claim were not determined in 2018. These areas are expected to be determined in 2019 with a determination recognising exclusive possession native title.

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

The Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests of the Ngurrara people in all of their determination areas. Please visit http://www.yanunijarra.com/

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

The Noonkanbah determination was an historic day for the Kimberley Land Council as our organisation was borne out of the late 1970s 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 1,811 sq km in the central Fitzroy Valley region of the Kimberley over the Noonkanbah Station pastoral lease. The Yungongora Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC 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, more than 18 years after the Nyikina Mangala claim was first lodged.

The Nyikina Mangala native title claim area covers more than 26,000 sq km and extends from the mouth of the King Sound south of 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 determination area, including three Aboriginal-owned 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. Please visit http://www.walalakoo.org.au/

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 4,587 sq km across the Purnululu National Park in the east Kimberley.

The Purnululu claim is scheduled for a court hearing in August 2019 and is expected to be determined during 2020.

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 an on-country hearing at Town Beach. The claim area covers 5,298 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 leases. Two thirds of the determination area is exclusive possession native title land.

The State Government lodged an appeal to the Rubibi determination 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 special leave application on August 10, 2009. As a result, the Federal Court’s determination in 2006, recognising the Yawuru people as the Traditional Owners stands.

The Yawuru Native Title Holders Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interest of the Yawuru people. Please visit http://www.yawuru.com/

The Tjurabalan native title claim was the first in the Kimberley to be determined. It was 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 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. In September 2001, Paruku was declared as an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The Paruku Rangers manage the IPA.

The Tjurabalan Native Title Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title holders .

The Uunguu native title determination is part of the wider Wanjina Wunggurr cultural bloc that also includes the Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title determinations. The Wanjina Wunggurr people share the same mythology and law based on the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits – the creators of country. The Uunguu determination area is associated with the Wunambal and Gaambera language groups.

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.

“Uunguu” means “our living home”. The Uunguu determination covers 25,909 sq km. Most of the determination 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 (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of the Uunguu, Dambimangari and Wilinggin native title holders. Please visit http://www.wunambalgaambera.org.au/

The Warrwa Combined claim covers an area from King Sound east to the Lennard River and north to the northern boundaries of Meda and Napier Downs pastoral leases, where Warrwa country is bounded by the northern Kimberley distinct ranges, rivers and plateaus. Warrwa’s neighbours include Ngarinyn and Unggumi speakers to the east, Worrorra speaking and identifying people to the north, Bunuba speaking people to the southeast and Nyikina speakers to the west and south.

The Warrwa Combined claim was registered in the National Native Title Tribunal on 14 November 2014.

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, including part of the waters of King Sound which surround Point Torment.

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 following a hearing before the Federal Court which included claimants giving evidence on country.

The Wilinggin native title determination area 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 (Native Title) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC manages the native title rights and interests on behalf of Wilinggin, Dambimangari and Uunguu native title holders.

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.

The Yurriyangem Taam Claim is expected to be determined during 2019.

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