The Central Land Council has today elected Mr Sammy Wilson as Chair of the Central Land Council and Ms Barbara Shaw as Deputy Chair for a three year period.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said he had worked with both Mr Wilson and Ms Shaw for many years and acknowledged the contribution they have both made to improving outcomes for Aboriginal Australians in Central Australia which will continue in their new roles.
“I congratulate Sammy Wilson for his election as Chair of the Central Land Council and acknowledge his efforts as the Chair of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation and as a strong advocate and leader for Anangu people”, Minister Scullion said.
“I worked with Sammy Wilson on the Mutitjulu township sublease that we signed on 16 March 2017 and thank him for his significant role in driving this community led land reform that allowed for significant investment in housing and economic development in his communtiy.
“I have also worked with Barbara Shaw for many years, most recently through her role in the Aboriginals Benefit Account Advisory Committee and thank her for her support for the Coalition’s policy of supporting more Aboriginal decision making under the Aboriginals Benefit Account”.
“I also acknowledge that the appointment of Barbara Shaw is just the second occasion a woman has held this significant position in the Central Land Council”.
“I acknowledge the outgoing Chair, Mr Francis Jupurrurla Kelly and Deputy Chair Mr Sammy Butcher as Deputy Chair, for their service to the Central Land Council since September 2014.
“I acknowledge Francis and Sammy for their service and their hard work to support better outcomes for remote communities and Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory”, Minister Scullion said.