Our Land – Wunambal Gaambera Country
The Wanjina Wunggurr (Uunguu) native title determinations recognise that we hold exclusive rights to 90 percent of our land and islands, and have shared native title in the sea. Exclusive native title means that for the land shown red on the map, we Wunambal Gaambera people and no one else in the world have the rights to possess, occupy, use and enjoy and make all the decisions about these rights. This is the security our Elders and Grandfathers devoted their lives to establish a foundation upon which we can build our Wunambal Gaambera futures.
In 2011, Australian law recognised our unbroken connection to our Country and Lalai, calling us Wanjina Wunggurr (Uunguu) common law native title-holders, but we call ourselves Wunambal Gaambera people. If our country is healthy we are healthy.
Wunambal Gaambera (Uunguu) people, Wororra (Dambimangari) people and Ngarinyin (Wilinggin) people share common Wanjina Wunggurr ancestors. Together we make up the Wanjina Wunggurr Community, with each group managing its own Country.
In our Wanjina Wunggurr Law, while each Wunambal Gaambera family group (clan) speaks for their Graa (country belonging to each clan), we collectively make decisions about our Country. We transact our land business and interests through the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 3154) that we incorporated in 1998.
To read the Federal Court’s full native title determination, click here.