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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027

Details:

Title

ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027

Creator

Anindilyakwa Land Council

Collection

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

Date

2012

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Anindilyakwa Land Council

Place of publication

Alyangula

Volume

2012-2027

Copyright owner

Anindilyakwa Land Council

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/254602

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/529654

Page content

ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 2. Background to the Strategic Plan 24 Keep a register of Land Council members and members of Aboriginal Land Trusts and descriptions of Aboriginal land. Supervise and assist Aboriginal Land Trusts. In carrying out its functions, the Land Council must consult with traditional landowners and other Aboriginal people with an interest in the land. Landowners must give their consent before the Land Council enters into an agreement, or takes any action affecting their land. The Land Councils also have statutory responsibilities and duties to: Attempt to conciliate a dispute between Aboriginal people regarding land matters. Hold in trust, and distribute to Aboriginal associations, statutory payments from the ABTA to communities affected by mining operations and income received on behalf of landowners under negotiated agreements. Process applications for permits to enter Aboriginal land. In Goal E of this document, specific issues are discussed about the current status of the ALC and the roles that it has been required to fill causing it to go far beyond its mandate under the ALRA. At the time of writing, the ALC is at a critical point in its evolution as a peak representative body for Anindilyakwa people. Reforms are required to seek an improvement is the quality of mainstream services into the Groote archipelago and specific recommendations are made at the conclusion of this document to address these issues. PRINCIPLES ON BEST PRACTICE CONSULTATION AND DECISION MAKING There are a few imperatives that drove ALC to develop a long-term strategic plan. Firstly, there is a broadly held view among Anindilyakwa leaders that the local Anindilyakwa royalty fed economy generated by mining activity will not and should not last forever. While leaders recognise their societal dependence upon royalty income and welfare payments and they want to see a future for their children without both. Secondly, significant influences and events that have profoundly impacted (mostly negatively) upon Anindilyakwa people since European settlement have been externally driven and mostly without consent. The community have expressed that they wish to determine what their future will be like and to lay the foundations for that now. The purpose of the ALC 15 year Strategic Plan (2012-2027) is to allow the Anindilyakwa people to take the future into their own hands. In the past, most decisions have been imposed on Groote Eylandt people from the outside. This has included the presence of Macassans, missionaries and the mine. It has also included successive Government policies that have been largely imposed from outside, such as Protection 1931-1934; Protection plus Supervision 1934-circa 1950; Assimilation circa 1950 1981; and Self Determination 1981-present. Traditional Owners feel they have had minimal input into decisions made which have made significant impacts on their lives. They say decisions have come from the outside in. They want to see this reversed. The issue of the process of consultation itself therefore arose from out of the development of this plan.


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