Abm Elgoring Ambung Aboriginal Corporation
The Kowanyama People’s hold native title rights over about 2,731sq km of land and waters in southwestern Cape York. On 22 October 2009, Justice Andrew Greenwood of the Federal Court of Australia made a consent determination recognising the Kowanyama People’s native title rights including:
- exclusive native title rights over about 2,518sq km of Deed of Grant in Trust land; and
- non-exclusive native title rights over about 213sq km of sea, beach and tidal areas.
The name ‘Kowanyama’ means ‘the place of many waters’ and the area includes the Mitchell River System which has a tidal ecosystem where seasonal watering occurs over 40km. The significant wetlands area continues to be used and monitored and managed by the traditional owners.