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Tjiwarl (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC

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Overview

Tjiwarl (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC holds land in trust for the Tjiwarl people. Their native title rights and interests were first recognised in the Tjiwarl and Tjiwarl #2 determination of April 2017. This recognised the Tjiwarl people’s exclusive native title rights and interests in some parts of their traditional lands, and non-exclusive in the others.

The Tjiwarl people’s claims to land between the towns of Wiluna and Leinster in central Western Australia were contested by the State of Western Australia, and the Tjiwarl people also claimed 16 lots under s 47B of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), submitting that each had been resumed by the Crown and occupied by the claimants.

In Narrier v State of Western Australia [2016] FCA 1519, Justice Mortimer ruled in favour of the Tjiwarl people’s connection to the land, rejecting the state’s contentions that the grandparents of the claimants had usurped the original owners’ rights to the land in the early 20th century. Her Honour also found that s 47B did apply to two of the additional lots of land claimed by the applicants, which had been subject to mining tenements.

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).