After 10 years of negotiations, members of the Gumatj clan in the community of Gunyangara in north-east Arnhem Land have signed a 99-year lease that will give them control over development on their own land.

“I think it’s a milestone for us in a way, 10 years in the making to be able to get to this stage,” senior Gumatj leader Djawa Yunupingu said at a signing ceremony in the small community of Gunyangara this weekend.

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