Aboriginal land rights and native title

Accelerate the realisation of Aboriginal land rights and native title in partnership with Aboriginal people

Aboriginal land rights and native title interests are key to reconciliation and achieving economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes in NSW. Crown land 2031 provides a commitment to uphold and progress land rights and native title interests in NSW. In addition to supporting these existing processes, Crown Lands will work with Aboriginal landowners and native title holders in the co-design and adoption of co-management strategies to unlock multiple benefits from land.

Outcomes:

  • Land returned to Aboriginal communities
  • Multiple co-management initiatives are established
  • Measurable contribution to national ‘Closing the Gap’ targets

Achieving Outcomes:

Sand Dune Adventures

In 2007, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council was successful in its claim for lands at Stockton Bight under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

A feasibility study was conducted in late 2008 to identify enterprise opportunities that could be linked with the community’s desire to promote Aboriginal culture and heritage, while providing an exciting, hands-on tourism experience.

Following that process, Sand Dune Adventures was created. This is a not-for-profit tourism enterprise showcasing the area’s uniqueness by offering quad bike and Hummer tours. Sand Dune Adventures is wholly operated by local Aboriginal people and has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading Indigenous tourism experiences. It has been recognised with both regional and state awards and has received the Qantas gold award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism at the 2017 Australian Tourism Awards.

Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council and Sand Dune Adventures have collectively created employment for 23 Aboriginal people as administrators, tour guides, maintenance workers, site officers, culture and education experts, and on the Sand Dune Adventures “Green Team”.

Stockton Sand Dunes. Credit: Destination NSW
Stockton Sand Dunes. Credit: Destination NSW