- New 99 year township lease signed for Gunyangara
- Township leasing provides traditional owners and community control over their land and greater economic opportunities
- Coalition Government has provided $2.5 million to support housing and subdivision and $5.3 million for employee housing
The community of Gunyangara will benefit from increased local decision-making and more opportunities for economic development, following today’s historic township lease signing between the Commonwealth and community – the first of its kind.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion today joined the community to celebrate the signing of the lease to the Ngarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation.
“This means that traditional owners and community members will be directly responsible for decisions about their land and can leverage their land assets for economic and community benefit,” said Minister Scullion.
“This lease is the first of its kind to be handed over to an Aboriginal community organisation, an idea initially raised by senior Gumatj leader Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu a decade ago.
“The community entity model was developed at the request of traditional owners. The Gunyangara lease provides the first example of how a local Aboriginal corporation can hold and administer a township lease.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous Australians and our approach to community led land reform demonstrates this commitment in action.”
As a result of the township lease the Coalition Government has contributed $2.5 million under the Economic Development Fund to support subdivision and employee housing in Gunyangara, in addition to a $5.3 million employee housing project.
“The Gunyangara lease is delivering the Government’s commitment to ensuring that traditional owners and communities are empowered to achieve localised decision making.”
For more information on township leasing visit – pmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/land/township-leasing-aboriginal-land-northern-territory