SECOND MEETING OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY

Posted on October 15, 2012

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SECOND MEETING OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY.

The Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) met over the weekend.

Independently established 12 months ago in Galiwinku, the Yolngu Nations Assembly held its 2nd annual gathering in Maningrida from the 11th to the 13th of October. Male and Female representatives from East, Central and West Arnhem Land came together to talk about current and future governance issues affecting their people.

The assembly opened with a march through Maningrida to represent the long walk toward self-management and self-determination.

Before the meeting concluded the group met with the newly elected NT Chief Minister Terry Mills, and member for Arafura Maralampuwi Xavier, to present their position on a number of Federal and Territory Government policies affecting Yolngu communities.

The final position statement from the group is attached. The issues include the Federal Intervention, Shire councils and local governance, Homeland policy and the “Hub towns” model, Housing and leases, Child neglect, Alcohol, Education, and fundamentally a call for a reciprocal relationship between Yolngu Maḏayin law structures and Government agencies.

For further information, see the attached statement and contact 0487 845 355 or 0428 402 929 to arrange an interview with:

Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM – Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni Spokesperson.

Mark Yingiya Guyula – Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni Spokesperson.

Helen Nyomba Gaṉḏangu – Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni Convener

Matthew Dhulumburrk Gaykamangu – Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni Convener

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