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Doolan on behalf of the Andado, Pmere Ulperre, New Crown and Therreyererte Family Groups v Northern Territory of Australia [2018] FCA 709

Binomial Name: Federal Court of Australia
Date: 24 May 2018
Sub Category:Consent Determination (Native Title Act)

South-eastern Northern Territory

State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Almost 20,000 square kilometres in NT Portions 1102, 1103, 1104, 1361, 1378, 1602, 4209, 4403, 5171, 5172, 5739 and part of NT Portion 261. For a detailed description of the area and maps see Schedule B of the determination, attached below under documents.
Legal Status:

Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Native title Register on 24 May 2018

Legal Reference: Federal Court file no.: NTD20/2014; National Native Title Tribunal file no.: DCD2018/002
Alternative Names:
  • Doolan on behalf of the Andado, Pmere Ulperre, New Crown and Therreyererte Family Groups v Northern Territory of Australia
  • New Crown and Andado Pastoral Leases
  • Subject Matter:Native Title
    Summary Information:

    Between: David Doolan, Marlene Doolan, Eileen Hoosan, Agnes Abbott and Michael Hayes on behalf of the Andado, Pmere Ulperre, New Crown and Therreyererte Family Groups (Applicant) and Northern Territory of Australia, Panchek Pty Ltd, Costello Holdings NT Pty Ltd as Trustees for the New Crown Property Trust, Conservation Land Corporation, Merlin Energy Pty Ltd (ACN 081 592 734) and Santos Qnt Pty Ltd (ABN 33 083 077 196) (Respondents)

    Judge: Charlesworth J


    Native title exists in parts of the determination area

    It consists of non-exclusive native title rights and interests.

    Native title is held by members of one or more of four family groups: Andado (Allen Family), Pmere Ulperre (Doolan (south) Family), New Crown (Doolan (west) Family) and Therreyererte (Hayes Family).

    Non-exclusive native title rights and interests over part of the determination area

    These rights exist over the area described in Schedule B and include the right to:

    • access and travel over land and waters;
    • live on the land, to camp and to build shelters;
    • hunt, gather and fish, to take and use natural resources, and to share or exchange natural resources;
    • light fires for domestic purposes (but not for clearing vegetation);
    • access and maintain and protect sites and places that are important under traditional laws and customs;
    • conduct and participate in cultural activities, ceremonies, meetings and teaching the physical and spiritual attributes of sites and places that are important under traditional laws and customs;
    • make decisions about the use and enjoyment of the native title area by Aboriginal people who recognise themselves to be governed by traditional laws and customs acknowledged by the native title holders; and
    • bring people onto the land and waters by people who aren't native title holders for limited reasons.

    Non-native title rights and interests in the determination area include:

    • Interests under Pastoral Lease 1132 in NT Portions 261 and 1102.
    • Interests under Pastoral Lease 1104 in NT Portions 1103, 1104 and 1361.
    • The interests of the Northern Territory of Australia in NT Portions 1378 and 4209.
    • Interests under Special Purposes Lease 497 in NT Portion 1602.
    • Interests held by the holders of fee simple estates in NT Portions 5739 and 4403.
    • Rights for the passage of travelling stock in NT Portions 5171 and 5172.
    • Other interests held under mining and petroleum tenements.
    • The interests of Telstra Corporation Limited (ACN 051 775 556) related to its telecommunications facilities.
    • The rights of Aboriginal persons under the Pastoral Land Act 1992 (NT) in NT Portions 261, 1102, 1103, 1104 and 1361.

    In the case of conflict, the exercise of non-native title rights and interests will prevail over the non-exclusive native title

    The Tyatyekwenhe Aboriginal Corporation (ICN: 7888) is to be the prescribed body corporate. It performs the functions required under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) as agent for the native title holders.

    Full text of the determination is available via the URL link above.

    Detailed Information:


    The native title application in this case was filed in 2013 over two pastoral properties in the south of the Northern Territory. The Central Land Council negotiated this determination on behalf of four family groups who had continuing connection with the Country, including living and working on the pastoral properties since the 1890s (Central Land Council 2018). 

    The determination area covers almost 20,000 square kilometres (Central Land Council 2018).

    Details of Judgment

    The court was satisfied that it was appropriate to make the proposed determination of native title rights and interests.

    Related Entries

  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Panchek Pty Ltd & Costello Holdings NT Pty Ltd - Respondent
  • Northern Territory of Australia - Respondent
  • Conservation Land Corporation - Respondent
  • Merlin Energy Pty Ltd - Respondent
  • Santos Ltd - Respondent
  • Tyatyekwenhe Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
  • Central Land Council
  • MacDonnell Regional Council
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • People
  • David Doolan & others on behalf of the Andado, Pmere Ulperre, New Crown and Therreyererte Family Groups - Native Title Applicant

  • References

    Media Release
    Central Land Council (22 May 2018) Native Title Determination over Andado and New Crown Stations


    National Native Title Tribunal Extract from the Native Title Applications, Registration Decisions and Determinations Register for NTD20/2014 as at 24 May 2020 (Andado and New Crown). - ( PDF | PDF)


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