About NAC – Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi Native Title

Background

The Ngarluma people are the original inhabitants of the coastal areas around Roebourne (West Pilbara Western Australia). Archaeological surveys reveal that continuous occupation & ancestry stretches back more than 30,000 years, and important cultural sites such as the rock art on the Burrup Peninsula (Karratha) show a deep historical and spiritual connection to the land, waterways & rivers & the sea.

The process of Native Title began for the Ngarluma and Yinjibarndi people in the 1990s. After years of struggle, on 2 May 2005, Native Title was granted to the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi in Court case Daniel v State of Western Australia.

The Ngarluma Organisation

About-Ngarluma

There is talk of the NAC, NNL, NASH, Trustee, Elders Council, and Mount Welcome. Who are they and how do they all fit together?

The diagram to the right shows how all the Ngarluma companies fit together

Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation

In May 2005, Native Title was granted to the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people. The NAC was set up in June 2005 and is the Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) for Ngarluma. The NAC is the governing body for Native Title over land the Ngarluma people are the traditional owners of.

Among its many responsibilities in managing Native Title, the NAC has the responsibility of using Native Title land to make social and economic opportunities for the Ngarluma people. It aims to achieve this by creating employment and training opportunities, restoring and looking after language and culture, and restoring a sense of pride and purpose for the Ngarluma people.

Further information is available for Ngarluma Entities

Purpose

The Ngarluma Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) is called Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation (ABN 20 138 650 045) and it operates from 1 Padbury St, Roebourne 6718. The PBC is now the governing body for Native Title over land for which the Ngarluma people are the traditional owners.

As required by the Native Title Act 1993, the PBC was established following the Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi native title determination. At this time, the community decided that the existing Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation would also serve as the required PBC. The Ngarluma PBC replaced the Ieramugadu Group (incorporated Association), established in 1974 as the body representing all of the Indigenous groups living in Roebourne, owner / operator & manager of the Mt Welcome pastoral lease.

The Native Title determination and the establishment of the PBC signify an important turning point in the Ngarluma peoples history. Among its many responsibilities in managing native title, the PBC has the responsibility of using native title land to generate social and economic opportunities for the Ngarluma people. It aims to achieve this by creating employment and training opportunities, repatriating and preserving culture and language, and restoring a sense of pride and purpose for the community.

Ngarluma PBC has partnerships with a range of corporate and government groups, including Rio Tinto, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Indigenous Affairs, Woodside Petroleum, the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Department of Industry and Resources.

Location

The main offices of Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation are located in Roebourne, Western Australia. Currently we also have a Perth Office;

Main Office
Address: 1 Padbury Street, Roebourne WA 6718
Postal Address: PO Box 263, Roebourne WA 6718
Phone: 08 9182 1351
Fax: 08 91821220
Email: ceo@ngarluma.com.au
Internet: www.ngarluma.com.au/nac
Open for Business: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday