The Northern Land Council (NLC) has re-elected Samuel Bush-Blanasi as its Chairman, with John Christophersen elected Deputy Chairman at a Full Council meeting held at Timber Creek today.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the Chair and Deputy Chair on their election to important positions within the leadership of land rights in the Northern Territory.
“I welcome Mr Bush-Blanasi’s reappointment and continued leadership of the Northern Land Council since 2013,” Minister Scullion said.
“I acknowledge the positive contribution Mr Bush-Blanasi has made to the operation of the NLC and look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure that land rights deliver the economic development and independence for traditional owners and Aboriginal people in the Northern Land Council region that it should.
“I also welcome the appointment of Mr Christophersen and acknowledge his longstanding membership of NLC Full Council and his efforts as an advocate for land rights in the NT over many years.
“I look forward to meeting with the Full Council of the Northern Land Council later this week at Timber Creek to discuss the Coalition Government’s commitment to land rights and our efforts to support better outcomes for First Australians in the Northern Territory.”
Minister Scullion also acknowledged the efforts of the NLC’s outgoing Deputy Chairman, Wayne Wauchope, and the reappointment of Joe Morrison as the NLC’s Chief Executive Officer for a further three-year term.
The Northern Land Council is a Commonwealth statutory body established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 with responsibility for administering Aboriginal land and representing the 78 members in the region.