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Mungarlu Ngurrarankatja Rirraunkaja RNTBC is the PBC for Birriliburu.

Birriliburu takes that name from Pirilipurru which is a soak in the central north of the claim area.

The Birriliburu Traditional Owners are the Martu people, whose traditional, ecological and cultural knowledge stretches back more than 40,000 years.

There are three Western Desert dialects associated with the determination area, namely: Putijara, Kartutjara and Mantjiltjara. Pirilipurru soak is described by the native title holders as "mix-up country" where the three dialects overlap. 

The determination area is crossed from the southwest to the central north by the southern portion of the Canning Stock Route.

The majority of the Birriliburu determination area is subject to exclusive possession.

This is the highest form of native title recognised by law and means that in most cases, entry onto the Birriliburu determination area will require the consent of the Birriliburu native title holders.

Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was dedicated in 2013 and stretches over 6.6 million hectares of striking desert.


Mungarlu Ngurrarankatja Rirraunkaja (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC (MNR)

ICN: 7321

Contact: Emilie Goegan
c/-  76 Wittenoom Street
East Perth, WA 6004

Land Area

70,314 km2


Pilbara Region in Western Australia.

Approx. 200km north east of Wiluna


Part A (by consent) on 20 June 2008.

Part B - 6 June 2016 together with:

Birriliburru #2, #3, #4



Mungarlu Ngurrarankatja Rirraunkaja RNTBC

Native Title Judgements:

Billy Patch and Others on behalf of the Birriliburu People v the State of Western Australia and Others [2008] FCA 944 (20 June 2008)

BP (Deceased) on behalf of the Birriliburu People v State of Western Australia [2016] FCA 671 (6 June 2016)