Native title rights and interests were yesterday formally recognised in Burketown by the Federal Court of Australia over a number of culturally significant areas and sites, including:

  • The area in and around Burketown that covers the historically and culturally significant Woods Lake where large numbers of Gangalidda People lived both prior to and after settlement of the region.  This area is not only a significant cultural site, but an area where the Gangalidda and Garawa rangers have been undertaking rehabilitation work to combat erosion and protect the ecological diversity of the wetlands.
  • The area surrounding an important and sacred ceremonial ground which continues to be used by the Gangalidda People to pass on their culture and traditional law to future generations.
  • All of the traditional land and waters of the Garawa People in Queensland.  Garawa country extends into the Northern Territory and although they have had land handed back through the NT Land Rights Act, this will be the first time that the Garawa People have had their native title rights and interests recognised.
  • Westmoreland and Wentworth pastoral leases which contain numerous sites of cultural and ecological significance to the Garawa People and in relation to which they retain a very strong connection.  Many Garawa People were born and grew up on these cattle stations in the early years of the settlement of the region.

Celebrations continued after the hearing and included speeches by Dr Anthony Lynham MP and Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources, Mayor Enrnie Camp, Burke Shire Council, Professor David Trigger of the University of Queensland and of course Traditional Owners.  This was followed by a Traditional Dance Performance and a Kup murro.


Event date:
1 Apr 2015
Release date:
2 Apr 2015
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Group relations:
Gangalidda and Garawa Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

Upcoming and recent events

Event date:
28 Sep 2014

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary Celebrations.

Event date:
15 Mar 2014
CLCAC hosted the region's first Indigenous Economic Development Summit in Burketown (March 2014). The Summit was called by Traditional Owners, key industry and business leaders and government officials. Key topics included tourism and small business opportunities.
Event date:
15 Oct 2013
The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Burketown Shire Council Hall on 16 October 2013.

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18 Mar 2016

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10 Mar 2016

CLCAC Rangers completed the last round of training required to complete their Certificate II in Remote Crocodile Management on 4 March, in an intensive two week training program that included weekend work.  This round of training focused on nest surveys and egg incubation. 


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2 Apr 2015

 Native title rights and interests were yesterday formally recognised in Burketown by the Federal Court of Australia over a number of culturally significant areas and sites, including:

19 Mar 2015

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