ARDS part of historic Yolŋu Local Decision Making agreement
The central role ARDS plays in northeast Arnhem Land has been recognised by the Northern Territory Government through our involvement in the Yolŋu Local Decision Making process. We recently hosted the signing ceremony for the agreement at our Nhulunbuy office, with the Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Selena Uibo and local member Yiŋiya Guyula in attendance as well as representatives from ALPA, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the East Arnhem Regional Council, Miwatj Health and Laynhapuy Homelands.
The agreement allows Yolŋu people and the NT Government to work towards a full commitment giving Yolŋu people the ability to make decisions on a range of topics including health services, housing, business and tourism.
ARDS Vice Chair Gawura Wanambi welcomed visitors to ARDS and spoke of the importance of local decision making for Yolŋu communities to realise their social and economic development aspirations.
Photo: ARDS Vice-Chair Gawura Wanambi (far right) with Chief Minister Michael Gunner (centre) and representatives from northeast Arnhem Land based organisations at the recent event in Nhulunbuy.