Where we came from

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) was first established in 1982 as a community based organisation to represent, protect and secure the rights and interests of Aboriginal people in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Following the holding of a large meeting in Doomadgee, CLCAC was incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act on 27 April 1984.
The first CLCAC Board of Directors was made up of the following persons:

  • Charlie Dick
  • Major Walden
  • Norris King
  • Tommy George
  • Willie Doomadgee
  • Phillip Yanner

Today, the CLCAC is the largest and most eminent corporate entity representing the interests of constituent traditional owner groups in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.
CLCAC’s membership is drawn from the nine Aboriginal language groups whose traditional lands and waters are located in the Southern Gulf:

  • Waanyi
  • Gkuthaarn
  • Kurtijar
  • Kukatj
  • Yangkaal
  • Kaiadilt
  • Lardil
  • Gangalidda
  • Garawa