Tag: Groote Eylandt

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

Pictured: British backpacker, 23, who is the first to be killed by a sea snake in Australia

A British backpacker killed by a sea snake in Australia has been remembered as a kind-hearted young man who made everyone laugh.

Harry Evans died on Thursday just two hours after he was bitten while working on a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory, near the remote island of Groote Eylandt.

The 23-year-old was the first person ever to die from a sea snake bite in Australia, and would have been saved if he had received anti-venom in time.

British man dies after being bitten by a sea snake off Groote Eylandt

A British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake while working on a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory coast.

Northern Territory Police said the 23-year-old was bitten while pulling up a net about 12:00pm on Thursday, about 70 nautical miles south of Groote Eylandt.

A CareFlight helicopter crew and ships in the area rushed to help but were unable to save the man.

Police target alcohol, drugs around NT

Police have arrested 12 people outside the Aboriginal community of Maningrida in the latest operation targeting illegal drugs and alcohol offences.

Six car were detained and charges included driving while disqualified and unlicensed, possessing cannabis, kava and alcohol as well as offences relating to firearms.

Police targeted in Arnhem Land attacks

Police in two remote Arnhem Land communities have been forced to call in reinforcements after coming under attack from youths armed with slingshots, spears and rocks.

In one settlement on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, the unrest is believed to be related recent successful operations targeting cannabis traffickers.

False killer whales sighted off Groote Eylandt as rangers set out to tag elusive dolphin species

A whale only by name, these marine mammals are actually an elusive species of dolphin.

The false killer whale, sighted by rangers off Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria on Thursday, is listed as “data deficient” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Within the coming months, Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers will head out to sea with researchers to try and attach satellite transmitters to two dolphins.

Groote Eylandt man jailed over rape of stepdaughter

An aboriginal man who twice raped his young stepdaughter, telling her his sweat will “protect her from the black magic”, will serve at least four years and nine months in jail.

The 30-year-old Groote Eylandt man, who had syphilis and an “atrocious” criminal record, committed the abhorrent offences against the girl, aged 10 or 11, between May and August last year.

Groote school reopens after smoking ceremony removes ‘curse’

On Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Indigenous residents readily acknowledge the existence of curses.

So when one was placed on Angurugu School, supposedly by a man after a fight with his wife, it closed for the next 13 days.

But the 159 students returned today, after the Anindilyakwa Land Council conducted a smoking ceremony to rid the building of the curse.

$1 million deal with Anindilyakwa Land Council to connect island communities

Regional Australian Telstra partner Calibre One has inked a $1 million deal in partnership with AirBridge Networks to link a number of sites across three islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The rollout will deliver internet speeds of up to 1Gbps to the communities of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC), with the body representing the Indigenous Anindilyakwa people, who own and protect the islands in the Groote Archipelago.

The rollout will extend to 20 sites across the region, transforming many areas that previously had no connectivity whatsoever.