9 November 2018
Important native title claim meetings
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A historic and very important meeting on the Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim will be held on Tuesday, 20 November, 10 AM – 3 PM, ASEC Hall in Alyangula.

Members of the following 14 clans are invited to attend:

  • AMAGULA
  • DURILA
  • MAMINYAMANJA
  • WURRAGWAGWA
  • BARA / WURADABELUMBA
  • JARAGBA
  • WURRAMARRBA
  • WURRAWILYA
  • BARA BARA
  • LALARA
  • WURRAMARA
  • YANTARRNGA
  • DINGALA / WURRAMARRBA
  • MAMARIKA

About the Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim 

This is a notice of three meetings to jointly authorise the Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim – a claimant application under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) for a native title determination over the area of sea and seabed shown in the map on the first page. The external boundary to the east and southeast of this proposed claim is the 12 nautical mile limit of Australia’s territorial seas. Within the external boundaries, where the proposed claim meets the coast of an island or the mainland, the claim area goes up to the mean high water mark. 

About these Authorisation Meetings 

These Authorisation Meetings are being organised by the Northern Land Council (NLC) with support from the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC). Three meetings have been organised – one in Alyungula, one in Numbulwar, and one in Ngukurr – so that native title claimants can make decisions as clan groups in accordance with their traditional laws and customs. 

These Authorisation Meetings follow the Information Meetings that were held in Angurugu, Umbakumba, Milyakburra and Numbulwar in April 2018. 

Meeting Purposes 

The main purposes of these Authorisation Meetings are to enable the claim group as a whole to: 

1. Choose a claimant or group of claimants to be the Applicant for the Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim (it has been suggested that the Applicant be a small group made up of one or two claimants from Groote Eylandt and one or two claimants from the mainland); and 

2. Authorise this Applicant to make the Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim and deal with matters arising in relation to it. 

Before claimants make these decisions, consultant anthropologist Professor Scott Cane and NLC lawyers will discuss important aspects of the Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim with claimants. This will include discussion of claimed native title rights and interests, claim group description, claim boundaries and other business. 

Lunch will be served to invited claimants at about 1 PM at each of these Authorisation Meetings. Tea, coffee, water and snacks will be available throughout the day. 

Confirming your attendance and getting more information 

These Authorisation Meetings will deal with confidential and privileged matters. They are only open to members of the clans listed above. Non-invitees will be denied entry. 

To confirm your attendance at the Groote Eylandt Meeting, and for assistance with travel arrangements, please call ALC anthropologists Hugh Bland on 0428 746 198 or Leslie Pyne on 0419 667 724. 

To confirm your attendance at the Numbulwar Meeting or the Ngukurr Meeting, and for assistance with travel arrangements, please call the NLC’s Don Couzens on (08) 8971 9803. 

If you have any questions about this proposed native title claim, please call NLC lawyer Daniel Wells on (08) 8920 5196.