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Land Rights News : Northern Edition



Land Rights News : Northern Edition


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Land Rights News : Northern Edition


Newsletter, September 2021

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Land Rights News Northern Edition September 2021 nlc.org.au September 2021 nlc.org.au28 Land Rights News Northern Edition 29 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THE Galiwin'ku Gungayunamirr Mala Community Working Group are documenting their community development projects to showcase the advantages of Traditional Owners investing lease money in local projects that have long-term benefits. Supported by the Milingimbi and Outstations Progress Resource Association (MOPRA) and the Crocodile Island Rangers, the group fund a 'raypirri' camp project at Maroonga Island, with the aim of sharing knowledge and culture with young people. Traditional Owners at Maroonga Island run the camps throughout dry season. So far in 2021 there have been four raypirri camps, with more planned for later this year. In July, the NLC visited Maroonga Island to help the group create a short film that shares the raypirri camp story. Galiwin'ku Traditional Owners have funded a number of similar community projects since 2017 supported by the NLCs Community Planning and Development Program. THE Project Sea Dragon Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) Committee has adopted a resolution to promote Covid-19 vaccinations. Native Title Holders and Seafarms are encouraging community members to get vaccinated. Covid-19 is a serious problem for our community, said Maurice Simon, a senior DjarranDjarrany Native Title Holder, at a meeting in Kununurra on 27 July this year. Wadanybang elder Fred Gerrard said vaccination Capturing the benefits of camps on film Get the jab! Project Sea Dragon ILUA Committee promotes Covid-19 vaccines is very important because prevention is better than cure. DjarranDjarrany representative Bernadette Simon said the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) has done a really good job making sure local people are vaccinated - holding vaccination barbeques in parks and popular meeting places. Almost all of the ILUA Committee representatives, and many of their family members, are now vaccinated. Project Sea Dragon is a large-scale commercial prawn farm now under construction at Legune Station, located in the Victoria River District, about 100km from Kununurra. The construction phase is expected to involve more than 400 workers. Native Title holders have made it clear that they want to be part of the action and to make the most of upcoming job and training opportunities. This is one of reasons they are being pro-active about getting vaccinated. A spokesperson for Seafarms lead contractor for construction, Canstruct, said the company will take a firm approach to vaccinations for workers at Legune and enforce strict Covid-19 safety measures. COMMUNITY-BASED researches have had a busy final year of their Charles Darwin University Community Planning and Development Ground Up Monitoring and Evaluation Project. Finding good ways to tell the community development story Community-based researchers Nyomba Ganda\u and Emmanuel Yunupingu shared their expertise in monitoring with NLC staff in Darwin in June. Nyomba and Emmanuel said: Balanda monitoring is writing on paper, computer and reports. But Yolngu writing is within us, we can see it. Its important to bring balanda and yolngu together. Together NLC staff and researchers talked about ways to do two-way monitoring and learning. NLC Monitoring and Evaluation Project Officer Jacinta Barbour said the discussion was a chance to gain insight into how to make monitoring culturally safe. This is really important for the ongoing monitoring work we want to do, she said. The meeting was one of six workshops the NLC is doing with Charles Darwin University to refine the monitoring framework. Community researchers meet in Darwin Nyomba Gandangu, NLCs Hayley Barich and Charles Darwin Universitys Michaela Spencer took to the stage at the AIATSIS Summit 2021 to talk about monitoring work being undertaken at Galiwinku. Nyomba showcased her work with the Ground Up approach and detailed the Yolngu approach to monitoring and evaluation. From Yolngu lens we straightaway have to see the very important part for those children, even for those adults. Its really important, just makes our spirit happy and excited to see the child first trying for themselves, guided and monitored by family. Then later, that moment of evaluation when the child is dancing together with their family, knowing who and where they are. Nyomba has been working with CDUs Michaela Spencer on a Ground Up monitoring and evaluation project supporting Traditional Owners in their community development visions for Galiwinku. Their work is part of a larger three year research project being undertaken by NLC to create a bespoke framework for monitoring of the Community Planning and Development Program (CP&D). The AIATSIS Summit was an opportunity to share lessons learnt and be inspired by peers. You can check out the CP&D Program Ground Up Monitoring and Evaluation Interim Report - December 2020 on the NLC website. Nyomba Gandangu at AIATSIS Summit 2021 Check out these new visual tools NLC have created to use during Community Planning and Development meetings. These posters will be used to help Aboriginal land owner groups to explore money decisions. New communication tools for explaining money story Our Land, Our Sea, Our Life Ways to use money Use of money Good Things Bad Things Can we get support? Individual money (Pocket Money) Money in your bank accounts Can use money straight away Can use for important things Individuals make their own choices and dont need to wait for the whole group More money when all put together Can do important things for the whole community (culture, health, education) Shares good things (benefits) from money more widely Less conflict Opportunity to learn new skills Can grow into more money over time if looked after well Gives group time to decide how to use money in a good way Money disappears too quickly Can cause arguments or fights Can be used in bad ways Can lower Centrelink payments Takes more time to see the good things (benefits) Individuals dont make decisions only groups People might live in different places, hard to do good things equally Still need to decide how to use funds in the future Need good advice and decisions to make sure money keeps growing NLC is not an expert. If you have questions NLC can try to find other organisations that can help. NLC can help groups to plan and do projects like culture camps, education projects, music projects and building things in the community NLC helps for free (no cost) The NLC cannot invest money for you. BUT we can help you find investment organisations that can help. You can also ask NLC to hold your money and release it over time so that it lasts longer. Community Projects Money to use together as a group Save (or invest) Money to save or grow for the future The NLC has been making a video to share the 'raypirri' camp story at Maroonga Island. Traditional Owners Jonathan Roy at Maroonga Island. Backrow: Janelle Simon, Sarah Rennie, Rod Dyer, Chris Mitchell, Dreylin Meeway, Maurice Simon, Alfred Gerrard, Liam Golding and Jimmy Paddy. Front row: Annie Thomas, Bernadette Simon and Kylie Burn. Back: Emmanuel Yunupingu, Hayley Barich and Stuart Worthington. Front: Sarah Bentley, Nyomba Gandanu, Michaela Spencer and Jacinta Barbour. Ground Up is one of three monitoring approaches that works with Traditional Owners to find good ways to tell the community development story. The approach uses local definitions of monitoring and works closely with community researchers who collect stories from key elders and community members in relation to community projects. Here's what community-based researchers have been up to.

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