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Western Australia
Papulankutja is located in Western Australia
Coordinates26.015°0′S 128.251°0′E / 26.015°S 128.251°E / -26.015; 128.251Coordinates: 26.015°0′S 128.251°0′E / 26.015°S 128.251°E / -26.015; 128.251
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
Location200 km (124 mi) east of Warburton
LGA(s)Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
State electorate(s)North West Central
Federal Division(s)O'Connor

Papulankutja (also referred to as Blackstone) is a large Aboriginal community located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku.


The community exists on the traditional lands of the Ngaanyatjarra people, many of whom were transported in the 1960s to Warburton mission. In the 1970s, Ngaanyatjarra people returned to the region from Warburton mission. Since this time the community has steadily grown in size and population.

Native title[edit]

The community is located within the determined Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Part A) (WAD6004/04) native title claim area, determined on 26 June 2005.[1]

Town planning[edit]

Papulankutla Layout Plan No. 2 was endorsed in March 2013, with five amendments up to April 2018.[2]


The community is managed through its incorporated body, Papulankutia Community Incorporated.

Additionally, the Yarnangu Ngaanyatijarraku Parna Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, and acts as the prescribed body corporate for the Ngaanyatjarra native title determination.


  1. ^ "Native title determination summary - Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Part A)". (Native Title Claimant application summary. 2005. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Layout plans". Department of Planning Lands Heritage. Retrieved 15 April 2020. PapulankutjaLayout Plan 2: Background Report (2013, with 5 amendments); PapulankutjaLayout Plan 2- Living AreaAmendment 5 (2018)