Karajarri: A West Kimberley experience in managing native title

Karajarri: A West Kimberley experience in managing native title Report

AIATSIS Research Discussion Paper

  • Author(s): Jessica K Weir
  • Published: 2011
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Native Title Research Unit
  • Volume: AIATSIS Research Publications

Abstract: In 2002 and 2004 Karajarri had their native title rights and interests recognised to over 31,000 square kilometres of land in the West Kimberley, south of Broome. Here there are pastoral stations, mining interests, coastal and desert lands, and the large Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga. Karajarri had one of the first native title determinations to be recognised in the Kimberley and had the first native title application in which applicants were represented exclusively by the Kimberley Land Council (KLC). Bidyadanga has a young and growing population of around 800 people, with pressing infrastructural needs, including housing. Karajarri live as a minority within the diverse Bidyadanga population. This paper considers the ‘next level’. What happens after the native title rights are recognised? I begin with a brief description of the corporations native title holders are required to establish, before moving into an overview of Karajarri country and Karajarri native title rights and interests. This provides the background for describing the Karajarri experience of holding and managing native title. This experience includes the key issues Karajarri face at their native title meetings, the challenges of running a native title corporation, and the effect of native title on social relations in Bidyadanga. I conclude by identifying some challenging issues faced by both Karajarri and governments which affect the role of these RNTBCs.

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Jessica K Weir, 2011, Karajarri: A West Kimberley experience in managing native title, Volume:AIATSIS Research Publications, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3297.

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