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.


Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

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