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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


Anindilyakwa Land Council annual report; Anindilyakwa Land Council strategic plan; Reports; PublicationNT




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Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 10. Goal F: Moving to a Regional Authority 121 10. .GOAL F: MOVING TOWARDS AN ANINDILYAKWA REGIONAL AUTHORITY 10.1 THE GROWTH OF THE ANINDILYAKWA LAND COUNCIL The ALC was established in 1991 under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1976), and is under the auspices of the Commonwealth Authorities and Corporation Act and as such is a Commonwealth Statutory Body. Operational funding for the ALC is provided for out of the Aboriginal Benefit Account (Section 64-1). Under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act it is empowered and funded operationally to act on behalf of the Traditional Owners for all land ownership and management activities within the Groote archipelago. At the time of its establishment, it had an operational budget of $390,000 and was run by a proportionately small team of people. Since 2007-08, the statutory responsibilities and related workload of the ALC have increased beyond all expectations and planning. On the 20 May 2008, Stage One of the RPA was signed and required the ALC to undertake and coordinate a significant number of major projects in the Anindilyakwa region. Stage Two of the RPA was signed in November 2009 and included additional stakeholders; with the East Arnhem Shire Council and the Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) joining the partnership. More than 60 local projects (including those brought forward from Stage One) have been initiated as a result of RPA Stage Two (which also includes township leases). These projects cover a broad spectrum of community life ranging from extensive capital works programs (housing and road works), community development projects, health, education and training, youth strategies, economic development, safe communities, youth diversion and development, substance misuse as well as overall partnership support. While signed onto by the ALC, much of this activity has been and continues to be delivered by ALCs business arm GEBIE. More than $31 million of GEBIE funds (royalties handed on by ALC) are now allocated to deliver commitments under the RPA over the next few years. It should be noted that of the $6.2 million annual budget that ALC now operates on, only $1.5 million is sourced from Section 64-1 under the ALRA. The balance is comprised of grants to the ALC Ranger program (a major employer of Anindilyakwa people) and a $2.1 million charge to its business arm GEBIE for advocacy and administration to deliver key commitments under the RPA and other non-core ALC responsibilities such as protection of the Groote sea country. The reality is that the ALC has been performing duties outside of the legislation that underpins it and it is the view of this Plan that it is timely to question the sustainability of this arrangement, from a legislative, financial and governance point of view.