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Bidyadanga
Western Australia
Population 555 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 6725
Location 190 km (118 mi) S of Broome, Western Australia
LGA(s) Shire of Broome
State electorate(s) Kimberley
Federal Division(s) Durack

Bidyadanga, also known as La Grange, is the largest Aboriginal community in Western Australia, with a population of approximately 750 residents. It is located 180 kilometres (110 mi) south of Broome and 1,590 kilometres (990 mi) from the state capital Perth, in the Kimberley region. The traditional owners of the land are the Karajarri people, but is also home to the several other language groups.

Started as a government rations distribution point by the government in 1903, La Grange became a mission station run by German Pallotine missionaries in 1955, before the formation of Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange (BACLG) in 1975, and subsequent independence from the mission in 1982.

Community

It is the largest Aboriginal community in the state and supports a population of approximately 750 people. The community has been involved in publications of local stories

The Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange Inc. (BACLG) was incorporated in 1975 as a not-for-profit organisation to administer government-funded programs

Native title

The community is located within the Determined Karajarri Area A Native Title claim area.

Town planning

Bidyadanga Layout Plan No.3 has been prepared in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.2 (Aboriginal Settlements). Layout Plan No.3 was endorsed by the community on 15 November 2012 and the WAPC on 28 May 2013. The Layout Plan map-set and background report can be viewed at the Planning Western Australia official site at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/CommunityLayoutPlans/1327.asp.

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