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Indjalandji-Dhidhanu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

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Overview

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.

Managed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS acknowledges the funding support of the Native Title Branch of
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).