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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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






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28 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S members and relevant Australian and Territory Government agencies to establish baseline data from which to judge the impact and success of programs and initiatives and to provide the community and Government with an informed basis for future planning. Dr Taylor and Dr Owen Stanley from James Cook University are currently undertaking an opportunity cost study to establish the foregone social and economic costs involved if only current levels of effort are maintained. Following an initial approach from Parks Australia North raising concerns about Mutitjulu Community in the Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park, the Office of Indigenous Policy facilitated discussions between the Mutitjulu Community Council, the Central Land Council and agencies from the Australian and Northern Territory governments. A whole of government approach has been agreed to and a senior project officer has been recruited to run the project. New whole of government machinery has been established through the Chief Executives Taskforce on Indigenous Affairs (a subcommittee of the Coordination Committee) and the Chief Ministers taskforce on Priority Partnerships (in conjunction with the Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs and key agencies). OUTCOMES AND ACHIEVEMENTS On 22 April 2004, the Northern Territory Government and the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (a prescribed body corporate under the Native Title Act 1993 and representing the Alice Springs native title holders) signed an historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement to enable the next stage of residential development in the Larapinta Valley to proceed. Lhere Artepe has agreed to relinquish its native title rights and interest over two development areas at Larapinta Valley and has been granted development rights over the first of two stages of the development. As a result of a Community Cabinet meeting held on Groote Eylandt in late 2003, Cabinet approved the appointment of a regional coordinator located on Groote Eylandt to provide strategic direction for developments in the region, including: effective service delivery in the region, including regionalisation of local government services; monitoring of the management of the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust, including developing more robust arrangements when the lease is renegotiated; and diversification of the economic base, including developing tourism opportunities in the region. Endorsement by COAG of a National Framework Principles for Indigenous Services Delivery which addresses jurisdictional overlap, developments of bilateral agreements and greater transparency.