Patjarr Community

Coordinates: 24°37′00″S 126°18′51″E / 24.6166°S 126.3143°E / -24.6166; 126.3143
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Western Australia
Patjarr is located in Western Australia
Coordinates24°37′00″S 126°18′51″E / 24.6166°S 126.3143°E / -24.6166; 126.3143
Population39 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area24.9 km2 (9.6 sq mi)
Location200 km (124 mi) north of Warburton
LGA(s)Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
State electorate(s)North West Central
Federal division(s)O'Connor

Patjarr (also known as Karilywara) is a small Aboriginal community, located near the Clutterbuck Hills between Lake Cobb and Lake Newell, 243 kilometres by road north west of Warburton[2] in the Goldfields–Esperance region of Western Australia.


When enumerated in the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, the population of Patjarr was 41.[3] While no further demographic details are available from the 2011 census, 84% of residents in 2006 identified themselves as being of Indigenous descent.[4] Most of Patjarr's Aboriginal residents are part of the Pintupi group.[5] At the time of the 2006 Census, the Indigenous population profile of Patjarr was skewed, with a sex ratio of 1.0 male per 2.2 females.[4]


The Pintupi began returning to their homelands near Patjarr in 1979 with a view to setting up a permanent outstation.[5] While the community's governing body, Patjarr Aboriginal Corporation, was incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 on 28 April 1980,[6] it was not until 1993 that the community and its surrounds were excised from the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve and leased to the traditional owners by the Aboriginal Lands Trust.[5] Native title was determined to exist in 2005, as part of the Stanley Mervyn, Adrian Young, and Livingston West and Ors, on behalf of the Peoples of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands v Western Australia and Ors claim.[7]

Town planning[edit]

Patjarr Layout Plan No.2 has been prepared in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.2 Aboriginal Settlements. Layout Plan No.2 was endorsed by the community on 10 October 2008.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Pulpurru Davies lives and paints in Patjarr.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Patjarr Community (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Planning Western Australia. "Patjarr (Karilywarra)". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Mesh Block Counts, 2011". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2012.
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Patjarr (Indigenous Location)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. "Patjarr (Karliywara)". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  6. ^ Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. "Documents for Patjarr Aboriginal Corporation". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  7. ^ Federal Court of Australia. "Stanley Mervyn, Adrian Young, and Livingston West and Ors, on behalf of the Peoples of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands v Western Australia and Ors 2005 FCA 831 (29 June 2005)". Retrieved 26 July 2012.