1 June 2018
Towns to come back under community control

THE ALC met with the NT Government in late May to discuss Anindilyakwa traditional owners taking control and responsibility for their communities and housing again.

An 80-year Township Lease over Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra means this land is presently controlled by the Government. The ALC is negotiating to bring the lease under community control through the Anindilyakwa Royalties Aboriginal Corporation.

The ALC is also establishing a new entity, the Anindilyakwa Housing Corporation, controlled by Anindilyakwa people, to administer housing across the archipelago.

The Northern Territory Department of Housing and Community Development currently manages Groote housing.

Corporation chair Gregson Lalara said it would be very exciting for traditional owners to have control over their own housing.

“It will mean we can spend resources and make decisions based on our culture and our needs,” Gregson said.

ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt said the new Anindilyakwa-led township leasing model would provide a secure, stable and transferable system of land tenure.

“This will ensure Anindilyakwa people in their own communities make decisions about their housing,” Mark said.

He said there would be a transition over time from the current public housing model.

A workshop was held on May 8-9 with the Land Branch of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Executive Director of Township Leasing, Office of Township Leasing, the Northern Territory Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of the NT Chief Minister.