Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation
The Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation, located in Roebourne, WA, administers land on behalf of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, although trusteeship over part of this land is shared with the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. Their ownership over this land was first recognised in Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi determination of 2005.
This determination arose from a native title claim first lodged in 1994 over the Burrup Peninsula, roughly 25,000 square kilometres of land situated 100 kilometres southwest of Port Hedland. Since that time the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people have had the right to negotiate over any development of the Burrup Peninsula. In 2002 three Indigenous groups and the Western Australian government agreed to allow extensive industrial development in the claim area.
This claim was litigated in the Federal court over nine years. In 2005, Justice French held that the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people held non-exclusive native title rights over parts of the claim area, including rights of access and to use resources.