Gulf Region Aboriginal Corporation
The Gulf Region Aboriginal Corporation administers the sea surrounding the Wellesley Island group on behalf of the Lardil, Yangkaal, Gangalidda and Kaiadilt Peoples. Their ownership over these seas was recognised in the Lardil Peoples v State of Queensland consent determination.
This determination arose from a native title claim filed in 2006. This claim was negotiated over two years until all parties agreed to recognise the Lardil, Yangkaal, Gangalidda and Kaiadilt Peoples native title rights over the entire determination area, including exclusive rights of possession and use within some areas. The land and seas encompassed within the agreement include unallocated Crown land, special leases, land leases, permit land and reserves.