The Kowanyama People’s hold native title rights over about 2,731sq km of land and waters in southwestern Cape York.

On 22 October 2009, Justice Andrew Greenwood of the Federal Court of Australia made a consent determination recognising the Kowanyama People’s native title rights including:

  • exclusive native title rights over about 2,518sq km of Deed of Grant in Trust land; and
  • non-exclusive native title rights over about 213sq km of sea, beach and tidal areas.

The name ‘Kowanyama’ means ‘the place of many waters’ and the area includes the Mitchell River System which has a tidal ecosystem where seasonal watering occurs over 40km. The significant wetlands area continues to be used and monitored and managed by the traditional owners.

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Additional Resources

Public documents can be accessed through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) website.

Documents include:

  • Members list
  • General Reports
  • Rule Book
  • Media releases by ORIC about this organisation
  • Change of information and
  • any other documentation as required by ORIC
ORIC Website
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  • Mr Darby Horace (Chairperson)
  • Ms Tania Major (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr John Clark
  • Mr Robert Holness
  • Mr Colin Lawrence
  • Mr Karl Major
  • Ms Priscilla Major
  • Mr Griffith Patrick
  • Mr Aaron Teddy

Contact Details

Phone: (07) 4060 5224

Fax: (07) 4060 5226

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Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons are warned that this website may contain images and or names of deceased indigenous persons or sites of cultural significance.

  Contact Us

32 Florence Street
PO Box 2496
Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4053 9222
Fax: (07) 4051 0097
Freecall: 1800 623 548