Dunghutti Elders Council (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC

Determination: In effect - Finalised

Determination: In effect - Not Finalised

Determination: Conditional - Full

Outcome: Native title does not exist

Outcome: Native title exists (exclusive)

Outcome: Native title exists (non-exclusive)

Outcome: Native title extinguished

ILUAs: ILUA registered

ILUAs: ILUA in notification

ILUAs: ILUA notification ended

ILUAs: ILUA subject to objection (not withdrawn) and/or adverse material


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Type of RNTBC
Contact number
02 6562 2855
Postal address
PO Box 179, KEMPSEY NSW 2440
Office address
17-23 South Street, KEMPSEY NSW 2440
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A group of NSW Aboriginal people who won the first native title claim on the Australian mainland following the historic Mabo decision yesterday celebrated a $6.1 million compensation payout which the state government has made 14 years later.

On October 9, the Dunghutti people of northern NSW became the first Aboriginal nation to win land under native title legislation on mainland Australia. The announcement came just one day after the federal government declared its intention to effectively dismember the legislation.

In Australia, the Dunghutti Aboriginal People are made up of eight tribal groups that reside in the continent’s Macleay Valley region. Their way of life was disrupted by White settlers, and they eventually lost rights to their land. However, the Native Title Act of 1993 gave way to the Dunghutti people to become the first group of aboriginals to lay claim to lands on this day in 1997.

Tribunal President Justice Robert French today congratulated the Dunghutti people on gaining a place in Australian history as the first determined holders of native title on the Australian mainland.

THE Dunghutti Elders Council (DEC) is investigating the possibility of a ‘blanket land claim’ over all traditional Dunghutti tribal land.

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