Country, Culture, People, Future

Robe River Kuruma community celebrates Native Title win (Part B)

The Robe River Kuruma community celebrates the recognition of their second determination of native title (Part B determination). The Federal Court Hearing was held on-Country at Pannawonica Hill, Robe River on Thursday 26 April 2018.

The first determination of native title, known as Part A Determination, was made by the Federal Court in November 2016. The Part A Determination covers approximately 4,109 square kilometres of land.

The Part B determination area includes the middle Robe, the Bungaroo Valley and the Buckland Ranges. The determination area lies in the Shire of Ashburton in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, with Part B covering approximately 5,720 square kilometres.

After a 21 year legal process, the Robe River Kuruma people have successfully secured recognition of their traditional rights and interests on their country.  As a result of this historic outcome, the Robe River Kuruma people will continue to be consulted about developments on their land.