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Warraberalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation

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Overview

The Warraberalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation administers several islands on behalf of the Warraber people. The Warraber people’s ownership over the land was recognised in the Warraber People determination.

The Warraber People determination arose from a native title claim filed in 1996. This claim was successfully negotiated by all parties. Their agreement recognised the Warraber people’s native title non-exclusive right to possess, use and occupy the land.

This agreement was approved by the Federal Court in July 2000. It was determined by Justice Drummond in conjunction with the Poruma People determination as these two peoples are closely connected by ‘ties of kinship and common language’ and have traditionally had connections with each other’s land.

In addition to this determination, the Warraberalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation also administers two Indigenous Land Use Agreements made between the Warraber people and Ergon Energy and Telstra respectively.

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).