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Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang



Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang

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The West Arnhem Wire


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Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang


Edition 435, 19 September-9 October 2020

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West Arnhem Wire - Fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang 2 The West Arnhem Wire acknowledges the traditional owners of country and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders, past, present and future. The Wire is the only regular source of news and information in the Kakadu and West Arnhem Land region. More than 700 copies are distributed fortnightly to Jabiru, Warruwi, Minjilang, Maningrida and Gunbalanya. Our electronic edition goes out to more than 500 individual email addresses across West Arnhem Land and the Top End. The Wire accepts advertising from businesses and government organisations. Placement of ads is subject to editorial and Council policy. Our competitive rates start from as little as $65 (including GST). Call 08 8979 9465 today or email wire@westarnhem.nt.gov.au to discuss how we can help you spread your messages around West Arnhem Land. ADVERTISING DEADLINES Bookings: 5pm Monday prior to publication Artwork: 5pm Tuesday prior to publication The Wire is published fortnightly on Fridays. The Wire is published by West Arnhem Regional Council. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those held by the Council or Councillors. West Arnhem Regional Council PO Box 721 JABIRU NT 0886 www.westarnhem.nt.gov.au Call (08) 8979 9465 or email wire@westarnhem.nt.gov.au The West Arnhem Wire |18 September - 9 October 2020 KEEPING STAFF AND CLIENTS SAFE Did you know there is a toy box located at the Jabiru Pool and Jabiru Public Library which can be accessed by all community members? You can borrow any of the sports gear or games from the toy boxes at the Jabiru Pool at any time - in and out of the water or under a shady tree. And at the Library, the toy box features large wooden puzzles, soccer, volleyball, cricket, totem tennis, table tennis, inflatables and slinky toys all of which you can borrow and enjoy. Just ask our friendly staff at the Jabiru Pool or at the Jabiru Library about the toy box. TOY BOXES AVAILABLE TO JABIRU RESIDENTS The Northern Land Council (the NLC) welcomes todays unanimous decision by the High Court that the NLC has the power to delegate to its CEO and other staff members the job of certifying applications for registration of Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs). This decision will help restore confidence in the ability of the Northern Territorys two representative bodies, the Northern Land Council and the Central Land Council, to perform their native title functions in an accountable and efficient way. The decision is also likely to assist other native title representative bodies around Australia to better understand this complicated area of law. In their majority opinion, Chief Justice Kiefel and Justices Gageler and Keane found that this power to delegate native title functions is conferred by the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth), which is the legislation that establishes the Northern Territorys Aboriginal Land Councils. The majority also noted that the native title certification function might be peculiarly ill-adapted for performance by the full governing body of a Land Council, particularly where extensive evidence must be assessed and where the there is potential for conflicts of interest. Mr Quall and Mr Fejos appeal about the certification of the Kenbi ILUA will now be returned to the Federal Court to be determined in accordance with the High Courts judgment. NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour said: The NLC will continue to work towards registration of the Kenbi ILUA, which is a crucial step in giving effect to the 2016 settlement of the Kenbi Land Claim. NLC Chairman Samuel Bush Blanasi noted: The Kenbi land claim covers the Cox Peninsula and was lodged in 1979 and is Australias longest-running Aboriginal land claim, involving four different hearings before the Aboriginal Land Commissioner andtwo challenges in the High Court. It is long overdue that the 2016 settlement is sorted out so that traditional Aboriginal owners and the broader Larrakia community can geton with their important business on Kenbi land. The 2016 settlement agreement includes a package of extensive benefits for the traditional Aboriginal owners and the broader Larrakia community. NLC WELCOMES DECISION THAT CLARIFIES PERFORMANCE OF NATIVE TITLE FUNCTIONS As part of West Arnhem Regional Councils (WARC) COVID-19 infection control process and responding to Department Health advice, WARC's Community Care teams have COVID-19 packs in all vehicles and Aged Care centres in communities including Kakadu, Gunbalanya, Warruwi and Minjilang. The packs feature safe, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) used to ensure everyone is protected and stay safe and well. Pictured with the packs are Community Care staff members Stephanie Buxton (Acting Team Leader - Gunbalanya) and Kia Hodgson (Community Care Administration Officer - Kakadu).

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