Traditional owners take charge of East Arnhem Land town


Aboriginal leader Galarrwuy ­Yunupingu has negotiated a ­historic 99-year, multi-million-dollar town­ship lease agreement with the federal government that puts indigenous land fully in indig­enous control.

The lease, covering the East Arnhem Land township of Gunyangara on the Gove Peninsula, has been a decade in the planning, including a direct intervention by Tony Abbott in 2014 when he was the self-declared “prime minister for indigenous affairs”.


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