Yawuru Native Title Holders

Yawuru PBC logo

Ngaji gurrjin.  Wumbul yangarrjin, gurryirr wirriya gurrngaran Yawurungany buru. (We hope you are feeling happy in our Yawuru country). 

The Yawuru people are the traditional owners of the lands and waters in and around Rubibi (the town of Broome) from Bangarangara in yalmban (south) in Wirrginmirr (Willie Creek) in the guniyan (north) and banu (east) covering Roebuck Plains and Thangoo Pastoral leases in the Kimberley.

After many years of court battles Yawuru native title was recognised by the Federal Court in 2006. However the Yawuru PBC was not able to be established until 2009 due to the State’s Federal Court appeal which was resolved the preceding year. In 2010, following extensive negotiations, two ILUAs were signed with the WA State Government.   


Nyamba Buru Yawuru

Nyamba Buru Yawuru is the development company which undertakes daily business operations, runs community programs, environmental services, and other work to maintain culture and ensure an empowered and prosperous future for Yawuru and the wider community of Broome.

Everything that Nyamba Buru Yawuru does hinges on the vital philosophy of ‘liyan’.  Yawuru Law Boss, Patrick Dodson, has described liyan as “the continuous connection between the mind, body, spirit, culture and the land.  Liyan is about relationships, family, community and what gives meaning to people’s lives”.

Nyamba Buru Yawuru uses liyan as a way to inspire and engage with the Yawuru community and with local schools, institutions, and agencies. It is an important measurement that elucidates how effective Nyamba Buru Yawuru is within its community programs.  It offers a holistic approach to investment that reflects Nyamba Buru Yawuru’s ambition to be part of the broader northern Australia development in a way that enhances all aspects of our world: country, culture, community and prosperity for the future.  

Last reviewed: 10 Apr 2018