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Mary River Statement 2009

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Mary River Statement

Mary River Statement

In August 2009, about 80 Indigenous experts from northern Australia convened at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory to discuss and present to the Northern Land and Water Taskforce their water interests and issues.

Convened by the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, the ‘North Australian Indigenous Experts Water Futures Forum’ provided an opportunity to raise ideas and concerns about economic development and opportunities; the potential impacts of developments in the north of Australia; and governance and institutional arrangements as they affect Indigenous community interests, aspirations and issues.

As outcome to that forum, the Mary River Statement was written. The Statement offers testament to the seriousness of Indigenous peoples contribution and participation in policy decision making. It is also sends a message that Indigenous people can not remain on the margins of discussions about development in the north.