Court decision

Determination of Kariyarra People’s native title in the Pilbara

By Michael Hunt and Liz Wreck / 18 December 2018

On 13 December 2018, the Federal Court in Gordon (on behalf of the Kariyarra Native Title Claim Group) v State of Western Australia (No 2) [2018] FCA 1990 made a determination that the Kariyarra People hold exclusive and non-exclusive native title rights and interests over approximately 17,354 square kilometres of land and sea in the Pilbara region, including the town of Port Hedland. 

The determination of native title was made in the terms of a minute of consent which was negotiated and agreed by the parties to the proceedings. This landmark for the Kariyarra People was achieved 22 years after the first Kariyarra native title determination application was made in 1996. 

HopgoodGanim Lawyers is pleased to have represented the Pilbara Ports Authority throughout the proceeding and at the hearing before Justice Barker in Port Hedland. 

Consultant, Michael Hunt and Associate, Liz Wreck advised the Authority on this matter.

Michael Hunt
Michael Hunt is a Consultant with the firm and has practised mining and petroleum law in Perth for over 40 years. He established Hunt & Humphry as a specialist project law firm in 1996, and in 2017 merged with HopgoodGanim Lawyers.
Liz Wreck
Liz is an Associate in our Resources and Energy practice.
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