Indigenous traditional owners in remote West Arnhem Land have lost patience with being prohibited from selling valuable barramundi from their coastal waters, while commercial boats do just that.
The Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison has been sacked amid conflicts within the Aboriginal land rights organisation and will finish on Friday.
The Northern Territory government will stump up $10 million in a last-minute bid to stop Aboriginal groups closing vast stretches of the Top End coastline to commercial and amateur fishers from as early as next month.
15 November 2018
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today acknowledged the resignation of Northern Land Council (NLC) CEO Joe Morrison with regret, saying it was a huge loss for the organisation.
Since Mr Vowles became Primary Industry and Resources Minister in 2016, he and Mr Morrison have enjoyed a productive, robust working relationship. This relationship was strengthened when Mr Vowles was named Minister for Aboriginal Affairs earlier this year.
Mr Vowles said many positive changes had occurred at the NLC under Mr Morrison’s watch, and the organisation had made significant steps forward on many issues during Mr Morrison’s nearly five years as CEO.
Quotes from Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:
“No matter the subject – and there have been several difficult matters to discuss – Joe has always proved himself to be open to discussion and, most importantly, a strong advocate for the NLC and Aboriginal affairs in general.
“The NLC has benefitted greatly from his guidance during his tenure, and when he finishes up next year he will leave behind some big shoes to fill.
“I wish Joe all the best in his future endeavours, and remain committed to working with the NLC, and whoever becomes the new CEO, to better the lives of Aboriginal Territorians.”
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