Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

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Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation holds land in trust for the Bigambul people of the Darling Downs region in southeast Queensland. Their native title rights and interests over their traditional lands were first recognised in the Bigambul People Part A determination on 1 December 2016.

In that decision, Justice Reeves ruled on the majority of land in the Bigambul people’s original native title claim, save for six parcels that had been separated out in October 2016 (becoming Bigambul People Part B) pending a decision from the Full Court on relevant issues in an appeal from the judgement in Doyle on behalf of the Iman People #2 v State of Queensland [2016] FCA 13. His Honour found the Bigambul people had exclusive native title rights over some of this land, and non-exclusive over the remainder.

On 23 June 2017, Justice Reeves ruled on the land which had not been covered by the earlier determination. His Honour found that the Bigambul people’s native title had been extinguished by valid exclusive possession acts through grants issued by the Queensland Government in three of the six parcels. The Bigambul people’s non-exclusive native title was recognised over the other three parcels, which are located within the Kumbarilla, Waar Waar and Boondandilla State Forests.

Managed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS acknowledges the funding support of the Native Title Branch of
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).