Tatampi Puranga Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
The Tatampi Puranga Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers land on behalf of the Ewamian Peoples. Their native title rights and interests were first recognised in the Ewamian People #2 and Ewamian People #3 native title determinations of 2013.
This matter recognises the Ewamian People’s native title rights and interests over approximately 26,000 square kilometres of traditional lands in the savannah area of Queensland west of the Great Dividing Range, including the Townships of Georgetown, Forsyth, Mt Surprise and Einasleigh. The Court heard both applications together due to the geographic proximity and considerations of materially the same anthropological evidence.
The Court upheld the agreement between the parties that native title was extinguished with respect to certain permanent improvements constructed as part of pastoral leases. The Court also held that areas subject to previous exclusive possession acts included cemeteries, rodeo grounds, race courses, airstrips and a water reserve and dam wall. The Court held that the requirements of ss 223 and 225 of the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA) were met by reference to evidence of prior occupation found in rock art sites and campsites and anthropological evidence about lifestyle, knowledge and culture, and further evidence in the form of oral histories of the claimants.