About us

Working together as a community to establish a solid foundation towards independence,
community wellbeing, and cultural identity now and for future generations.

Our Vision

Working together as a community to establish a solid foundation towards independence, community wellbeing, and cultural identity now and for future generations.

Independence – We are able to make our own choices as individuals, families and community

Community Wellbeing – Our people are well and our community is strong

Cultural Identity – We are connected to our Country and our culture lives on

The RRKAC strategic framework is the organisation’s roadmap toward 2020 and beyond. The vision will be achieved through the strategic priorities.

“The Robe River Kuruma believe that a long time ago, this land was soft and malleable… It was at that time that the ancestral beings created the current physical features of the land…The ancestral beings put the Kuruma language and people in the land, and also laid down the laws to govern the Robe River Kuruma people and how they behave.”

“It is these laws and customs that connect the Robe River Kuruma people to their country.”

Justice Michael Barker, KM Part A Determination 1 Nov 2016

Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC), established in 2013, is the registered native title body corporate for the Robe River Kuruma (RRK) people. RRKAC is also the provider of community projects, programs and services developed and delivered for the benefit of the RRK people.

The RRK people have traditional rights to an area of about 15,759 square kilometres in Western Australia’s Pilbara region within the Shire of Ashburton and Pannawonica (see map). Found within RRK country is part of the Fortescue River, and the complete river system of the Robe River.

In 1999, the RRK people lodged their native title application in the Federal Court. The native title application is divided into Part A and Part B.

The Part A area was determined in November 1, 2016, with an on-Country Federal Court hearing. The consent determination recognised the Robe River Kuruma people’s exclusive and non-exclusive rights to an area about 4,123 square kilometres in size. The Part A area is often referred to as the Silvergrass area, and is home to many sacred sites and permanent pools along the Robe River.

The Part B area was determined on the 26th April 2018. The Part B determination area includes the Robe River, the Bungaroo Valley and the Buckland Ranges, and covers an area of around 5, 720 square kilometres. The Part B area is particularly significant as the Robe River, or Jajiwura, has long been considered the lifeblood of the RRK people, and the ‘main artery of  RRK country’.

RRKAC, as the Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) looks after the determined Part A and Part B areas.

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