Local Decision Making is good for all Territorians


The Northern Territory Government is supporting local decision making for remote communities, including Baniyala, where residents this week celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Blue Mud Bay decision.

Baniyala is an Aboriginal homeland community in North East Arnhem Land working to become a thriving, self-sufficient and sustainable community.

The Djalkiripunynu traditional owners hosted the “Our Sea Rights. Our Future” celebration to mark the anniversary, the first gathering since last month’s agreement between the NT Government, Northern Land Council, NT Seafood Council, Amateur Fisherman’s Association Northern Territory and fishing tour guides to reach a resolution on Blue Mud Bay.

The historic, 2008 High Court decision granted native title rights over the intertidal waters of Blue Mud Bay to the Djalkiripunynu traditional owners.

Last month’s agreement maps a path forward for a greater role for Traditional Owners in managing coastal fishing resources and participation in fishing enterprises, aiming to create more jobs for Aboriginal people.

The recently released Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan supports traditional land and sea owners to realise the economic and social potential of their ancestral lands and waters.

Traditional owners, drawing upon thousands of years of knowledge and wisdom, can drive sustainable, economic and social activity that benefits all Territorians.


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