A small community on the banks of the mighty River Daly made its aspirations for self-determination official today, with the signing of a local decision-making agreement with the territory’s Labor government.
Nauiyu has become the eighth community in the Northern Territories to sign up for Local Decision-Making, which facilitates new working relationships with Indigenous communities and government agencies to facilitate the transition of government services and programs to community control.
Today’s agreement recognizes Green River Aboriginal Corporation (GRAC) – as the decision-making body for Nauiyu – and its partnership with the Government of the Northern Territories, the National Agency for Indigenous Australians and the Catholic Diocese of Darwin to advance the health, well-being and prosperity of the community.
The GRAC, which represents the wider community and recognizes the traditional owners of Malak Malak, will now work with the Government of the Northern Territories around four key actions to advance the social and economic development of Nauiyu:
land tenure and future land use planning; community housing; economic development opportunities, including local jobs and training; and community health and well-being.
The LDM agreement solidifies the territory’s Labor Government’s partnership with the Nauiyu community and builds on the working relationship with the Green River Aboriginal Corporation which, in partnership with Big River Housing, is currently rolling out an 11, $5 million in the region.
In addition to the eight local decision-making agreements currently underway, there are 14 more in the pipeline.
Quotes attributable to Chief Minister Natasha Fyles:
“Local Decision-Making is the commitment of the Labor Government of the Territory to provide opportunities to transfer the delivery of government services to Indigenous Peoples.
“Today’s signing is significant for the Malak Malak Traditional Owners of Nauiyu and the wider community, as it provides a way forward based on their own priorities, needs and aspirations.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Decision-Making Selena Uibo:
“Today is a day of celebration for the people of Nauiyu, as it is a big step forward in ensuring the community has control over decision-making over their land, their lives and their destiny.
“We have already seen the partnership between our government and the community of Nauiyu work effectively to deliver housing programs in the area and I look forward to continuing the success of the implementation of the Local Decision-Making Agreement.”
Quotes attributable to Daly MP Dheran Young:
“I know the people of Nauiyu are excited about this agreement and are very positive about paving the way for a brighter future for their community.”
Quotes attributable to the President of the Green River Aboriginal Corporation, Dr. Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM:
“This is exactly the support our community needs to advance Indigenous leadership and secure Nauiyu’s future for generations to come.
“We are all looking forward to this new phase.”