With a population of 2,500, Wadeye is the largest Aboriginal town and sixth largest town in the Northern Territory. The population is expected to double in the next 20 years.
First established as a mission in the 1930s, a local council body was established in 1975 in line with the Commonwealth’s policy of self-determination. The council is now essentially run by clan elders.
In 1976, the land upon which Wadeye is situated and its surrounds, was granted as Aboriginal Land under the provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act.
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