This area was previously covered by the Wongatha native title claim (Wongatha Claim). The Wongatha Claim was dismissed by Justice Lindgren of the Federal Court of Australia on 5 February 2007. Central Desert now has statutory responsibility for the resolution of native title over that portion of the Wongatha Claim which falls within the Central Desert Region.
On 7 July 2017 a self-represented native title claim called Bidarn Maisie Harkin & Ors on behalf of the Nanatadjarra People and State of Western Australia was lodged over the area with the National Native Title Tribunal (WC2017/003) and the Federal Court of Australia (WAD348 of 2017). That claim is self-represented and does not receive assistance from Central Desert.
In October 2017 Central Desert briefed Dr Heather Lynes and Trinity Handley to undertake research over the area with the purpose of preparing and lodging a claim or claims in the near future. To assist with keeping persons from the area updated on Central Desert’s research and activities and information session meeting was held on 31 October 2017 in Kalgoorlie. Click here to see a summary and the outcomes from that meeting.
On 11 May 2018 another information session meeting was held and Trinity Handley presented the research to date on apical ancestors connected to the research area. Click this link to see the native title presentation given at the start of that meeting. A third information session meeting is being planned for July to give an update on the research project
Central Desert has not assisted in the lodging of any current claims in the region. Central Desert is currently facilitating research with the purpose of preparing and lodging a claim.
There has been no determination of native title.
There is no Prescribed Body Corporate.
Please contact our Assistant Future Acts Officer, if you wish to access the East Wongatha area, have any queries in relation to Land Access within the East Wongatha area or wish to obtain a copy of the Central Desert Heritage Agreement.