Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

Review of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 30 Years On

Monday August 5, 2013

Mrs Tanya Davies, Member for Mulgoa, is encouraging people in her electorate to have their say on proposed changes to the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of an Act that enshrined Aboriginal land rights in law, there is also a realisation that to achieve better outcomes, changes must be made”, Tanya Davies said.

The one-day consultations and workshops, held jointly with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, will go ahead in nine separate regions throughout August and September to discuss changes to the Act, as a result of a statutory review.

“The forum nearest to the western Sydney area will be held on Friday, 23 August at the Blacktown Leisure Centre. However, if people cannot travel to a consultation venue, they can lodge written submissions,” Tanya Davies said. 

Written submissions can be lodged by email to:

alrareview@oralra.nsw.gov.au

or posted to:

Office of the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983

Post Office Box 112

Glebe NSW 2037 

“The proposed reforms aim to improve economic outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW”, Tanya Davies said.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victor Dominello urged members of the Land Council network, other stakeholders and the public to attend the forums and add their voice to the reform process. 

 “The proposed changes to the Act, which include proposals developed in consultation with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC), are also aimed at increasing the capability and productivity of Land Councils for the good of all Aboriginal people,” Minister Dominello said. 

The NSW Government has already moved towards strengthening the Act by introducing a suite of administrative amendments that remove unworkable and inefficient provisions in the legislation and increase the efficiency and governance of land councils. 

Workshops will be facilitated by respected educator and Ngembaa man Jack Beetson.

Further details are available at www.oralra.nsw.gov.au/alrareview.html or http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/alra/legislative-review