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Media Release: Indigenous Water Policy Statement for north Australia launched at Parliament House, Darwin, March 2010

Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Indigenous experts from across north Australia launched an Indigenous Water Policy Statement at a landmark event that took place at Parliament House in Darwin on 24 March 2010.

Up to 80 people from Fitzroy Crossing to Cape York attended this event which was hosted by the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA).

Speaking at the launch, Professor Patrick Dodson stressed that this policy statement provides a chance to get things right in the north - to include Indigenous people in nation building, and make sure they are part of the economic development of their land.

Joe Morrison, NAILSMA CEO said “This Policy Statement is a clear declaration of the terms upon which Indigenous people want to be engaged in water planning and reforms in the north”.

Traditional Owners attending the launch bought water from their regional catchments to be part of a symbolic unification ceremony to demonstrate that Indigenous communities across the north are standing together for water rights.

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Mona Liddy (Daly River region, NT), Chris Griffiths (east Kimberley region, WA), Murrandoo Yanner (southern Gulf region, Qld), Robbie Salee, Bernard Charlie (Cape York region, Qld).

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