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Traditional owners sign lease over Gunyangara

Date posted: 25 November 2016

The East Arnhem Land township of Gunyangara, in the Northern Territory, is the subject of a 99-year lease agreement with the Federal Government that will put the land back into Aboriginal control. The lease over the island in the Melville Bay, Northern Territory was negotiated by Gumatj leader Galarrwuy ­Yunupingu. The lease arrangement includes a $2 million advance payment, $2.5 million to be spend on town projects and improvement, $200,000 towards the costs of operating the new town and $5 million of investment into housing for local workers.

According to Mr Yunupingu, the deal is 'the culmination of many years of hard work and an important milestone in the future of our community.'

Through the model of self-determination the corporation will manage alcohol consumption, ban gambling and kava, and attempt to tackle the use of marijuana. A structure will be put in place before Christmas to begin the planning and consultation process and to establish a vision for the future of Gunyangara.

Source: National Indigenous Television

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Last updated: 25 November 2016
 
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