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Landmark Local Decision Making Agreement puts power back in the hands of communities

14 November 2018

The Territory Labor Government will today sign the Groote Archipelago Local Decision Making Agreement with the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC).

The agreement is one of nine Local Decision Making agreements now signed or underway across the Territory, developed in accordance with the principles of self-determination; flexible place based approaches; co-design; and community control.

A return to Local Decision Making for Aboriginal communities was a key election commitment of the Territory Labor Government.

The binding agreement outlines Anindilyakwa priorities and timeframes for transition to local control in the areas of housing, education, health, local government, economic development, law and justice and environmental sustainability.

The agreement recognises the long established and strong systems of Anindilyakwa governance and leadership, and sets out how ALC, the NT Government, other stakeholders and the Anindilyakwa people will work together to transition decision making and service delivery for the Groote Eylandt communities over the next decade.

Agreements signed include:

  • West Daly (signed November 2018)
  • Djalkiripunynu (Blue Mud Bay) Statement of Commitment  (signed July 2018)
  • Yugul Mangi Aboriginal Corporation (signed May 2018)
  • Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation (signed November 2018)

Agreements underway include:

  • Alawa Aboriginal Corporation
  • Mutitjulu Community
  • Tangentyere Council
  • Yolngu Region Statement of Commitment
  • Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation (to be signed 19 November 2018)

More information on Local Decision Making agreements can be found at ldm.nt.gov.au

Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner

“Local Decision Making is a key election promise of the Territory Labor Government, and it serves as a potential first step towards a Territory version of Treaty.

“The old way is finished, and today we embark on a significant journey to give decision-making power back to where it belongs, in the hands of the Anindilyakwa people of the Groote Archipelago.

“This means Government giving up decision making power to communities in areas like housing, education, justice, local government, health and looking after kids.

Quotes from ALC Chairman Tony Wurramarrba AO

“This agreement represents a future for the Anindilyakwa people of the Groote Archipelago that is decided by our people, for our people.”

“We celebrate today’s occasion because it marks the Northern Territory Government’s solemn commitment to return control of local decisions to Traditional Owners. We will work with the Northern Territory Government to undertake this important work under this agreement over the next decade and make these changes for the benefit of our people.”

Media Contact: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192

Calling Emerging Leaders from Remote Communities

Sixteen aspiring Aboriginal leaders are wanted from across the Territory to join the 2018 First Circles Leadership Program.

Chief Minister and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Michael Gunner said that First Circles plays an important role in identifying, mentoring and supporting emerging Territory leaders.

“Territorians deserve a Government that always puts them first and listens and consults before taking decisive action,” Mr Gunner said.

“We promised to give communities more say over their lives by restoring local decision making in housing, health and education – the First Circles Leadership Program helps deliver on that.

“We need Aboriginal leadership if we are going to succeed. With the skills members learn from the program they can influence government policies and tackle important issues impacting on their communities.”

Mr Gunner said his Government is tackling some big issues including a Treaty, local decision making and economic development of land and sea.

First Circles’ members meet with Cabinet to discuss opportunities for government to work with remote communities on a range of projects.

The program also allows members to tap into existing NT Government grant funding to benefit their community and leadership aspirations.

First Circles’ members have represented their community on a national platform, including Galiwin’ku’s Bettina Danganbarr, recognised as the 2018 Local Hero of the NT Australian of the Year awards.

Another First Circles graduate is Selena Uibo MLA, member for Arnhem.

“First Circles is a deadly program for emerging leaders to share the story of their people and their country, to learn the stories of others, and to work directly with Government at the highest lever to create change in their community,” Ms Uibo said.

Nominations are now open and close on Friday, April 20.

For more information on the First Circles Leadership Program, visit ntg.gov.au/oaa.