Tiwi Land Council
|Date: ||1 January 1978|
|Sub Category:||Aboriginal Corporation | Statutory Body|
|State/Country:||Northern Territory, Australia|
|The Tiwi Land Council covers the area of the Tiwi Islands (Bathurst and Melville Islands and the smaller Buchanan and Clift Islands) approximately 60 km off the coast of Darwin in the Northern Territory.|
|Alternative Names:||Tiwi Land Trust|
|Summary Information: |
|The Tiwi Land Council was instituted under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth), following a "special gathering on Bathurst Island attended by the then Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable Ian Viner" on 7 September l978 following Gazettal of the Land Council in Special Gazette No S 162 of 18 August 1978 (Tiwi Land Council). Tiwi Land Council is composed of a land trust and a land council.|
|Detailed Information: |
|Taken from the Tiwi Land Council web site:|
"A STATEMENT OF PRESENT PURPOSE
We believe that the Tiwi Land Council provides a continuation of those processes now affirmed in legislation; recognising our one language and common and distinct customs; our constant contact with each other and shared hunting grounds and ceremonies; our established practice of calling meetings and seeking the advice of our elders that have served our people for thousands of years, and is a recognised and respected authority for the management, protection and development of our interests. " (Matthew Wonaeamirri, Eddie Brooks, Hycinth Tungutalum, Raphael Aputumi, Cyril Rioli - A Special Meeting of Clan Leaders at Pulurumpi, 1 June 1977).
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
"To build an inclusive structure of Tiwi Regional Governence recognising both the realities of land tenure and ownership and the emerging patterns of community leadership within a modern forum capable of sustaining the traditional authority of our past and the needs of all of our people into the future." (Tiwi Regional Co-ordinating Committee 13 April 2000, recommendation to the Tiwi Land Council and forming part of a submission to the Northern Territory Government by the Land Council for the establishment of a Tiwi Assembly, Tiwi Land Council resolution 20 April 2000).