Lands and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has approved the transfer of 107 hectares of land in Kununurra, subject to the negotiation of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement, to support new social and economic opportunities for the Miriuwung Gajerrong people.
Miriuwung and Gajerrong #1 (Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
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The Miriuwung and Gajerrong #1 (Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate) Aboriginal Corporation, located in Kununurra, administers land on behalf of the Miriuwung-Gajerrong people. Their ownership was recognised in the Miriuwung-Gajerrong (Western Australia Area 2) determination of December 2003.
This determination is one in a series of claims that was negotiated and later litigated through the Federal and High Court, culminating in the Ward decision by the High Court.
This part of the claim was negotiated. It included the Ord River Irrigation Area, Lake Argyle, Lake Kununurra, the Glen Hill pastoral lease, mining tenements, part of the Argyle diamond mine and the Keep River national park. All parties agreed to recognise Miriuwung Gajerrong people’s native title rights to possession, use, occupation and enjoyment of the claim area. In some places these native title rights enable the traditional owners to exclude others from exercising similar rights.
This agreement was affirmed by the Federal Court in the Miriuwung-Gajerrong (Western Australia Area 2) determination of December 2003.
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Po Box 2110, Kununurra WA 6743
19 Chestnut Drive, Kununurra WA 6743
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Aboriginal trainees can now live near where they work or train thanks to the leasing of five State Government dwellings in Kununurra. The three houses and two units will enable the Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation) to accommodate up to 10 trainees and apprentices.
Leading indigenous organisation Miriuwung Gajerrong (MG) Corporation has taken ownership of 665 hectares of land for irrigated agriculture under the Ord East Kimberley Expansion Project.
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