Sad day for land rights

Filed under Letters ~ by Editor on  11 Mar 2010

Statement from the Chairperson of NSWALC in relation to the dissolution of the Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council:

The decision to dissolve the Koompahtoo Aboriginal Land Council is a sad day for land rights.

The decision brings closure on a very sad chapter and much work now is required to repair and deal with the aftermath, the actions of a few have cost the members of KLALC over $9,000,000 and ultimately the land Council itself.

The decision to dissolve a Local Aboriginal Land Council is one which both the Minister and NSWALC considered to be an option of last resort.

It is a great pity that the sins of the few have led to the demise of the LALC. I’m sure the lessons of Koompahtoo will not be lost on all members of the land rights network committed to good and transparent governance.

There are, irrefutably, Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people who played a key role in the demise of the Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Those people must face up to their part in this sad chapter. They must accept their share of responsibility for what has transpired.

However, it is crucial that people know and understand that the NSW Aboriginal Land Council will not support corruption in any form, we will act to stamp it out quickly and decisively.

Rest assured the NSW Aboriginal Land Council will remain focussed on protecting the interests of members and other Aboriginal people.

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