Indjalandji-Dhidhanu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
The Indjalandji-Dhidhanu Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu people. Their ownership over the land was recognised in the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu People determination of 2012.
In this decision, the Court recognised the native title rights and interests of the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu people over approximately 19,730 square kilometres on the eastern Barkly Tableland, in the upper reaches of the Georgina River Basin and on the Queensland/Northern Territory border. The claim area is centred on the township of Camooweal. The claim was first lodged on 8 October 2009 but was preceded by 3 earlier claims the first of which was lodged in 1996. The respondent parties include the Mt Isa City Council alongside several pastoralists and pastoral companies.
Dhidhanu is a clan or subgroup of Indjalandji, although there is no longer any ethnographic or social distinction between the two. The evidence identifies three remaining Indjalandji-Dhidhanu groups. The Court also noted that it was a great achievement that the claim group itself launched and conducted this claim without any assistance, financial or other, from any native title representative body.