[by Vince Coulthard]
Vince Coulthard, CEO, Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association RNTBC ARA.
Adnyamathanha celebrate 10 years of Native Title
The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association are celebrating ten years of their Native Title being recognised in the Flinders Ranges.
“It took a long time to achieve but the 30th of March 2009 is a day I will never forget when the Federal Court finally recognised what we always knew that we are the Traditional Owners of the Flinders Ranges area,” CEO Vince Coulthard said.
Native Title is not perfect and it does not give us anywhere close to the control we should have as the Traditional Owners, but it puts us at the table, people have to negotiate with us and that has assisted us in achieving quite a lot in the past ten years.
We have gone on and completed most of our Native Title now and we are also owners of the Ikara Wilpena Resort in partnership with IBA. With this investment we have been able to increase Adnyamathanha employment from nothing to 78% in the peak season last year. We currently have three Adnyamathanha people in management positions and three in supervisor roles. We have employed 130 Adnyamathanha people since we took over, some of whom have gone on to work in the hospitality industry throughout the state of South Australia.
Ikara Wilpena Resort also now offers cultural tours and we are highlighting our culture to the visitors for the first time at Wilpena. People have long visited Wilpena for the beauty or the geology but now they can also get an understanding of the culture of the land, the culture of the Adnyamathanha people.
We also have joint management of the two national parks in our country and we are now working to have them handed back to us hopefully in the not too distant future.
We are also negotiating strongly with the State Government in terms of the future ofthe Leigh Creek Township, As the Traditional Owners we want to be an important player in any decision made in Leigh Creek, it was a closed town before and we have been largely shut out but not now. Now it is time for real self-determination for Adnyamathanha people, a time for us all to have a bright future in the Leigh Creek Township.
We are however, also under attack from the nuclear waste dump and the gasification project in Leigh Creek. The Adnyamathanha people have voted to totally oppose both of these projects and ATLA continues to work hard to stop both projects from happening in our country.
“I believe ATLA has a bright future and the Adnyamathanha people have achieved so much in the past ten years, since our Native Title Consent Determination, ATLA continues to go from strength to strength," Mr Coulthard said.
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