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Minister Scullion: Celebrating Forty Years of NSWALC advocacy and success

3 Oct 2017

For four decades, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has been at the forefront of advocating Indigenous issues across the state.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion today congratulated the NSWALC at their 40th anniversary Gala Dinner.

“Four decades ago, this incredible collection of dedicated people held their inaugural meeting. From humble beginnings, this organisation has turned into a peak representative body in NSW for Indigenous affairs,” Minister Scullion said.

“It is an honour to attend the NSWALC’s 40th anniversary Gala Dinner as the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and pay tribute to the legends of the land rights movement and acknowledge those who are sadly no longer with us.

“Over the past decade, the Australian Government and the NSWALC have worked together to increase options for homeownership and improve the economic wellbeing of Indigenous Australians across NSW.

This has included strategies to subdivide the Local Aboriginal Land Councils former reserves to increase home ownership options for Indigenous Australians – an initiative which is two-thirds complete and is showing promising results.

“More recently, the Australian Government made a $5 million investment in NSWALC for the purchase of fishing licences in NSW – an initiative which is a critical step in promoting the economic development of Indigenous peoples in the fisheries sector.

“The Australian Government is committed to empowering local communities to take responsibility for developing local solutions – our strong partnership with the NSWALC is an excellent example of this.

“For all that has been achieved in the last 40 years, I look forward to what can be achieved over the years and decades to come.”

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Visit the Minister's website to view the original media release.