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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 2. Background to the Strategic Plan 23 2. BACKGROUND TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN The ALC represents Traditional Owners of the three Indigenous communities; Angurugu and Umbakumba on Groote Eylandt; and Milyakburra on nearby Bickerton Island; as well as a number of outstations. There are 14 clan groups divided into two moieties and they are bound to each other by a strict kinship system. Anindilyakwa people continue to practice their traditions and customs, adhering to the law and kinship systems of their ancestors. Most live within one of the four townships on the Groote archipelago. Angurugu has a population of 1000 and was set up as a mission by the CMS on the banks of the Angurugu River on Grootes mid-west coast. The Umbakumba community has a population of about 583 and is located some 65 kilometres from Alyangula by road. It was established in 1938 by Fred Gray and was later run by the CMS as an extension of their Angurugu activities. The Milyakburra community has a population of about 176 permanent residents and is situated on the central eastern part of Bickerton Island; east of the mainland, between Groote Eylandt and Blue Mud Bay, and west of Groote Eylandt. The predominately European township of Alyangula primarily services the accommodation and amenities needs of GEMCO; the manganese mining subsidiary of BHP Billiton, established in 1965. GEMCO is also responsible for maintaining the all-weather aircraft landing strip on Groote Eylandt. The worlds richest manganese deposits are found on Groote Eylandt and BHP Billiton (through GEMCO) is a significant economic and employment contributor to the Anindilyakwa people. The ALC began operation in 1991; replacing the role previously carried out by the Northern Land Council. The ALC works for the benefit of Groote Eylandt people, and liaises with GEMCO on all matters that affect the land, rehabilitation and the people. Section 23 of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act (1976) says the functions of a Land Council are to: Find out and express the wishes of Aboriginal people about the management of their land and legislation about their land. Protect the interests of traditional Aboriginal owners, and other Aboriginal people interested in Aboriginal land; assist Aboriginal people to protect sacred sites, whether or not on Aboriginal land. Consult traditional Aboriginal landowners and other Aboriginal people interested in Aboriginal land about proposals for the use of their land. Negotiate on behalf of traditional landowners with people interested in using Aboriginal land and land under claim. Assist Aboriginal people claiming land and, in particular, arrange and pay for legal assistance for them.