Akwerrperl (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC
The Akwerrperl Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Ilkewarn, Atwel/Alkwepetye and Ayampe landholding groups. Their ownership over the land was recognised in the Bushy Park native title determination of 2014.
In this consent determination, the Court held that non-exclusive native title rights and interests are held by the Ilkewarn, Atwel/Alkwepetye and Ayampe Landholding Groups over an area of approximately 2,625 km2 in the Northern Territory. This area is covered by the Bushy Park Pastoral Lease and two areas of Crown land to the north of that lease.
This case arose from a native title claim made in 2012 which was determined by an agreement between the estate groups and the Northern Territory Government. It is interesting to note that in paragraph 7 of the Determination, commercial and business purposes were explicitly excluded from the rights and interests recognised by the determination. The High Court concluded that the proposed determination is appropriate and should be made.