Top End (Default PBC/CLA) (Aboriginal Corporation)
The Top End (Default PBC/CLA) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers land on behalf of the Damberal, Bindjen and Nyawamnyawam estate groups. Their native title rights and interests were first recognised in the Miriuwung-Gajerrong (Northern Territory) native title determination in December 2003.
The Federal Court made a final determination over the Miriuwung Gajerrong (Northern Territory) native title application. Exclusive possession native title was recognised over Lacrosse Island, Kanggurru Island, Aboriginal reserves within the Kununurra townsite, Glen Hill pastoral lease and Hagan Island. Non-exclusive rights were recogised over a number of areas including islands in Lake Argyle.
The Top End (Default PBC/CLA) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC also administers land on behalf of the below detailed estate groups. Their native title rights and interests were first recognised in native title determinations of 2011.
These five judgments are consent determinations, made at the same hearing, over land and waters within the
bounds of several pastoral leases in the Northern Territory:
- Spirit Hills Pastoral Lease No2 (Carlton on behalf of the Miriuwung-Nyawam Nyawam, Miriuwung-Bindjen, Gajerrong-Gurrbijim, Gajerrong-Djarradjarrany, Gajerrong-Djandumi group, and Gajerrong-Wadanybang groups);
- Auvergne Pastoral Lease (Long on behalf of the Gajerrong-Ngalinjar, Ngarinyman-Wulayi, and Ngarinyman-Nyiwanawam groups);
- Newry Pastoral Lease (Button Jones on behalf of the Miriuwung-Damberal, Miriuwung-Nyawam Nyawam, Miriuwung-Gudim, and Ngarinyman-Nyiwanawam groups);
- Bullo River Pastoral Lease (Paddy on behalf of the Gajerrong-Pulthuru, Gajerrong-Ngalinjar, Gajerrong-Gurrbijim, and Gajerrong-Djarradjarrany groups);
- Legune Pastoral Lease (Simon on behalf of the Gajerrong-Wadanybang, Gajerrong-Gurrbijim, and Gajerrong-Djarradjarrany groups);
In each case, the Court made orders in the terms agreed by the parties, noting that s 87 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) requires that the agreement between the parties be in writing, that the orders sought be both within the power of the Court and appropriate in the opinion of the Court. The Court also noted that an Aboriginal Corporation was to be nominated to the Court within 12 months, to be the prescribed body corporate for the purposes of s57 of the Act.