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Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation

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Overview

The Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC administers land on behalf of the Gooniyandi Peoples. Their ownership over the land was first recognised in the Gooniyandi Combined #2 determination of June 2013.

This matter is a determination that native title is held by the Gooniyandi People in an area to the east and south of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Exclusive native title rights and interests were recognised over approximately half of the determination area and non-exclusive native title rights and interests over the remainder of the determination area.

A number of native title applications were lodged from 1997 to 2000, which were combined under a lead application (Gooniyandi application) in 2000. The area of the Gooniyandi Application covers almost 11,209 square kilometres of land and waters, including wetlands and riverine systems, located to the east and south of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Gooniyandi Application Area includes the Bohemia Downs, Mt Pierre, Christmas Creek, Louisa Downs Pastoral Leases, parts of Gogo, Fossil Downs, Larrawa, Emmanuel and Margaret River Pastoral Leases, areas of land designated as Reserve, and a small area of unallocated Crown land.

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).