Maralinga Tjarutja Lands

The Maralinga Tjarutja Lands cover more than 10% of the South Australian land mass.

Anangu hold the title to these lands under the Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984.

Oak Valley is the only community on the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands. Around 90 people live there.


Interview with Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure talks us through recent changes to the State’s Motor Vehicle Act that are expected to make is easier for Anangu to get a driver’s licence if they live on the APY or Maralinga Tjarutja Lands... read on

Anangu school changes delayed

This year, the SA Government has been working on plans to overhaul the way schools operate in Anangu communities. The timeframe for trialling some of these changes has now been pushed back... read on

Interview with Andrew Collett

For more than 60 years the Australian Defence Force has exploded missiles, bombs and other weapons inside the Woomera Prohibited Area in outback South Australia. This vast tract of land (127,000km2) includes more than a third... read on

No APY conciliators

Under South Australian law, every Traditional Owner of the APY Lands should be able to appeal to a government-appointed conciliator if they are unhappy with a decision or action of the APY Executive Board. For more than a year and a half, however, no one had been appointed to this role... read on

Maralinga Tjarutja: appointment of a tribal assessor

In 1984, the South Australian Parliament decided that every Traditional Owner of the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands should be able, if necessary, to appeal a decision or action of their land-holding body... read on

Maralinga Tjarutja: petroleum exploration and Anangu employment

In June 2007, the South Australian Government granted two licences for petroleum exploration on the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands. As part of the negotiations, Maralinga Tjarutja secured a contract to construct 1250km of access tracks and other employment opportunities... read on

Maralinga Tjarutja Lands: handback of Section 400

In 1985, the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia recommended that “Section 400” – a parcel of contaminated land – should be cleaned-up and returned to its Traditional Owners. A $100 million clean-up... read on

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