Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation
The Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Nharnuwangga, Wajarri and Ngarla peoples. Their ownership was recognised by the Nharnuwangga determination.
This determination arose from a native title claim made by the descendents of three Aboriginal groups: the Nharnuwangga, Wajarri and Ngarlawangga. This claim included about 50,000 square kilometres of land, much of it allocated for pastoral and mining purposes. The land is in the Upper Murchison and Upper Gascoyne region of Western Australia, just south of the Pilbara Region and just to the west of the Great Sandy Desert.
This claim was negotiated between all parties, including the State of Western Australia, mining companies and Telstra. All parties recognised the traditional owners’ non-exclusive native title rights to:
- be acknowledged as traditional owners against other Aboriginal groups or individuals;
- hunt, fish and gather in accordance with traditional laws and customs in a non-commercial manner; and
- access and camp on the determination area in order to visit and care for country, travel through the land, or carry out the rights discussed above.
This agreement was approved and affirmed by the Federal Court in July 2001 in the Nharnuwangga determination. In addition to the determination, the Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation also administers an Indigenous Land Use Agreement made between the parties as a precursor to formal Court recognition of their agreement. This agreement deals with the recognition of native title, future acts and mining in the claim area.