New Local Aboriginal Land Council Area to join the Land Rights Network

27 February, 2023

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is very pleased to announce that a new Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) area has been constituted to join the Land Rights Network.

The NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Ben Franklin MLC has constituted the Wangaaypuwan Local Aboriginal Land Council Area by order published in the NSW Government Gazette.

This follows an application made to the Office of the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act on 21 June 2012 on behalf of Ngiyampaa-Wangaaypuwan traditional owners, to constitute a new LALC area to be known as Wangaaypuwan LALC.

The new Wangaaypuwan Local Aboriginal Land Council Area shares boundaries with the Wilcannia, Cobar, Condobolin, Murrin Bridge, Griffith and Ivanhoe LALCS. It includes the townships of Sandy Creek, Bulla, Kulwin, Irymple, Mount Hope, Eremerang, Wallanthery, Lake Brewster and Melbergen.

The NSWALC Councillor for the area is NSWALC Deputy Chairperson and Councillor for the Western Region, Ross Hampton.

The Interim Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, Nicole Courtman, is now liaising with the Wangaaypuwan LALC applicants and NSWALC on steps to constitute the founding members, arrange the LALC’s first meeting, and elect its inaugural Board.

Please join with us in congratulating the applicants on their significant and welcome achievement. We will bring you further news in coming weeks.

The link to the NSW Government Gazette Number 87 – Crown Land Friday 24 February 2023 here.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.