Tjuntjuntjara Community

Coordinates: 29.339694°0′S 127.096933°0′E / 29.340°S 127.097°E / -29.340; 127.097
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Western Australia
Tjuntjuntjara is located in Western Australia
Coordinates29.339694°0′S 127.096933°0′E / 29.340°S 127.097°E / -29.340; 127.097
Population280 (2017)
Time zoneWST (UTC)
Location650 km (404 mi) north-east of Kalgoorlie
LGA(s)Shire of Menzies
RegionGreat Victoria Desert
State electorate(s)Goldfields–Esperance
Federal division(s)O'Connor
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall[1]
 ? ? 162 mm
6.4 in

Tjuntjuntjara is a large Aboriginal community located 650 km north east of Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields–Esperance region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Menzies in the southern part of the Great Victoria Desert.[2]

The community relies upon regular supplies trucked from Ceduna in South Australia.[1][3]


The community was established in 1988 after a water bore was drilled at the location.

The Tjuntjuntjara community members are part of a larger group known as the Spinifex people, who were removed from their homelands (which range across the WA and SA border lands) prior to the British nuclear tests at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s.[4]

Native title[edit]

The community is located within the fully determined Spinifex People (WAD6043/98) native title claim area.[5][6]


The community is managed through its incorporated body, Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation, incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 on 19 April 1989.[7]

Town planning[edit]

Tjuntjuntjara Layout Plan No.1 has been prepared in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.2 Aboriginal Settlements. Layout Plan No.1 was endorsed by the community on 3 December 2003 and the Western Australian Planning Commission on 4 May 2004.[8]


  1. ^ a b "'Mercy dash' airlifts vital supplies to feed remote WA Aboriginal community". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Home".
  3. ^ "Outback truckie drives 28 hours every fortnight getting food to community's only grocery shop". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 January 2023. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Tjuntjuntjara Tjukupa". Tjuntjuntjara Community Resource Centre. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  5. ^[bare URL]
  6. ^ "Mark Anderson on behalf of the Spinifex People v Stateof Western Australia".
  7. ^ Tjuntjuntjara Community - Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation
  8. ^ "Layout plans". Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2021.

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