Working towards Local Decision Making for the Yolngu

30 May 2019

The and Regional Leaders of today signed an agreement to work towards more local decision making.

The Chief Minister joined the , ARDS Corporation, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, Miwatj , the Australian Government and the Regional Council in signing the Yolngu Region Local Decision Making Partnership.

The commitment marks a new and better way of working together to properly recognise and support local decision making, service delivery and empowerment in the Yolngu region.

All signatories have committed to community engagement, co-design, and collaborative decision making with the aim of helping communities realise their social and economic development aspirations.

Quotes from the Chief Minister, Michael Gunner

“This partnership marks a new way of working together to properly recognise and support local decision making in the Yolngu region.

“It acknowledges that for over 50,000 years the Yolngu people of East have successfully maintained their language, customs, land and sea, song lines and laws and these systems still exist today.

“The partnership signed today will simplify local and regional governance and ensure decisions for Yolngu people are locally led.

“Local decisions are the best decisions.”

Media contact: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192.

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