Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation

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The Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Western Yalanji people. The Western Yalanji people’s ownership was recognised through two native title determinations: the Western (Sunset) Yalanji and Western Yalanji determinations.

The Western (Sunset) Yalanji determination arose from an application to recognise native title over parts of a pastoral property (‘Karma Waters’) made in May 1995. This claim was successfully mediated between the parties, reaching a Deed of Agreement. All parties agreed to recognise the Western Yalanji (‘Sunset’) People’s native title rights including non-exclusive possession occupation, use and enjoyment. This agreement was affirmed and approved by the Federal Court in September 1998.

The Western Yalanji determination concerned another part of ‘Karma Waters’ and was also successfully negotiated by all parties. All parties agreed to recognise a non-exclusive right to use the land and water for communal, personal and domestic reasons. This agreement was affirmed by the Federal Court in May 2006.

In addition to these determinations, the Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation also administers two Indigenous Land Use Agreements on the claim area regarding land use, mining and development.

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).