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Waanyi Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

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Overview

On 9 December 2010, Federal Court Judge Justice Dowsett made a determination recognising the native title rights of the Waanyi People on land and waters covering an area of 17,000sq km north of Mount Isa in Queensland. The determination includes pastoral properties, reserves, unallocated state land and includes the Boodjamulla National Park. The Waanyi claim was originally lodged in 1999 and included the Waanyi/Garawa Aboriginal Land Trust lands on the Nicholson River in the Northern Territory, but that area has been removed from the claim.

The determination was supported in full by the major pastoral company, Lawn Hill Riversleigh and mining company MMG Century, who operate the world’s second largest zinc mine in Waanyi country. Waanyi Nation Aboriginal Corporation (WNAC) Chairman, Kevin Cairns said on ABC radio that the determination was key for younger people: ‘They (the next generation on) can start thinking of their future from solid ground and knowing that they can and should stand up for their rights’.

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).