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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 2010 She had a very good practice of maintaining and managing her property. In the middle of the Dry Season, having grass which is knee deep is something to be admired. It was admired, and was one of the reasons she received a Landcare award and went to Canberra for the national awards. She was a terrific person, and I am going to miss her coming into my office regularly to tell us off, or not sign our petitions, or just bring in her great food, which we gave to someone else. My condolences to her sister Pat and her nephew John, whom I have met. The Territory and the horse world is a much sadder place because we have lost Pam Crellin. Members: Hear, hear! Mr KNIGHT (Daly): Madam Deputy Speaker, I am very proud to advise the House that the official declaration of Marri-Jabin as Stage 1 of the Thamarrurr Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was celebrated yesterday at Perrederr Outstation. Terrence, a traditional owner says, and I quote: Sacred sites are real, only when you know the stories you know its there, in that place. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the celebrations, but I would like to place on the public record and acknowledge the fantastic work the Thamarrurr Development Corporation, its rangers and, of course, the two family groups of Marri-Jabin and Marri-Amu, have done. The Marri-Jabin and Marri-Amu are language groups made up of the following family groups: Marri-Jabin families are: Kungiung, Mullumbuk, Berida, Dumoo, Kungul and Worumbo. The Marri-Amu families are: Alliung, Nemarluk, Nilco, Ngulkur and Gumbaduck. All of these families are wonderful and they are very keen to pursue their cultural responsibilities to care for their land, rivers and sea. They will use a mix of Indigenous ecological knowledge, western science, and contemporary land management. The Marri-Jabin Indigenous Protected Area is in my electorate, 150 km south-west of Darwin, and covers more than 712.7 km2 of the entire floodplain of the Moyle and Little Moyle Rivers. The areas involved in the IPA are Nadirri, Perrederr and Tchindi outstations. This first stage of the Thamarrurr IPA has been declared a World Conversation Union Category 6 protected area, managed mainly for the sustainable use of natural ecosystems. The Thamarrurr Rangers receive funding from the Australian governments Caring for Country initiatives. I acknowledge the hard work that Dan Secombe, manager of the Thamarrurr Rangers, and his rangers, have done to make this IPA a reality. Dan advised the celebration was a tribute to the hard work everyone has put in over the last two years. Jules Dumoo, Boniface and Matthias Nemarluk, and Alex Nilco were all instrumental in bringing traditional owners and their families together, working as one. Both men and women wanted to show their commitment to the IPA by putting their signatures on the document. I understand Frank Dumoo was outstanding as the MC for the occasion. Frank spoke mostly in language, and made very clear to the younger generations the importance of caring for country and caring for our land. Many of the young men and woman helped alongside the rangers, and I am sure I will hear about many others who helped with this very special celebration when I next visit. I also acknowledge John Berto from the Thamarrurr Development Corporation for all his hard work in supporting the ranger groups. He has been instrumental in not only establishing the organisation but maintaining and growing the organisation. In closing, Madam Deputy Speaker, I also thank Karen Fraser from the Thamarrurr Development Corporation for all her help in providing information to my electorate officer about the celebration. Again, my congratulations go to all the families. You should be very proud of your achievements. Mr GILES (Braitling): Madam Deputy Speaker, I wish to talk about my electorate of Braitling, in particular, the area of Larapinta to the west of the electorate. I put on record my concerns about the impending construction of a Telstra tower on a site in an area which can best be described as being to the rear of Gilbert Place, Grant Road, and Saltwell Street in Larapinta. I was first contacted a couple of months ago by some constituents in Gilbert Place who asked if I could come around and have a chat. I went there, I think on a Friday or Saturday night, and had a chat with a few residents of Gilbert Place. They described the impending construction of the Telstra tower and the process of the Development Consent Authority and how it would go through. 6549