Reporting to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Brewarrina LALC is one of 120 LALC's in NSW. We are governed by a board of local Indigenous Directors and employ a CEO to conduct business on behalf of the community. Below is an overview of our current board and staff.
The Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council is obligated to control the affairs of the land council in accordance with the Land Rights Act. It's aim is to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community through land acquisition; to establish commercial enterprises and community benefit schemes to create a sustainable economic base for Aboriginal communities; and to maintain and enhance Aboriginal culture, identity and heritage . To do this the Brewarrina LALC aims to work closely with key stakeholders focused community development. ASDF ASDF ASDF
A non-statutory NSW Aboriginal Land Council was established in 1977 as a specialist Aboriginal lobby on land rights. It called for the full scale recognition of Aboriginal rights to land, resolved to form the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. The Council campaigned as a voluntary group for land rights until the passage of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NSW) in 1983. Claims for crown land of cultural significance were permitted and 7.5 % of land tax revenue collected each year for 15 years was assigned to the NSW LALC for the management of Aboriginal lands and community development.
THE NSW ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL
The impact of dispossession, colonisation and institutional racism, coupled by the difficulties of life in a harsh remote community, has created a very poor standard of life for the local Aboriginal population. This is evident in the standards of poverty, health, education, employment, crime and social services which are day to day life in Brewarrina. Brewarrina LALC is very keen to team up and support key stakeholders who have the funds and infrastructure capable of creating change. Together we can correct the wrongs of the past and enhance the quality of life for Australia's original custodians.
Stan Grant presented his views on colonisation and discrimination as part of the IQ2 debate series held by The Ethics Centre. "We die 10 years younger than the average Australian, and we are far from free. We are fewer than 3 per cent of the Australian population and yet we are 25 per cent — a quarter of those Australians locked up in our prisons. "And if you're a juvenile it is worse, it is 50 per cent. An Indigenous child is more likely to be locked up in prison than they are to finish high school." The video has since gone viral on social media.
BREWARRINA FISH TRAPS
The Brewarrina Mission is the oldest institutional type facility in the state established by the Aboriginal Protection Board in 1886. The mission is associated with the 'Stolen Generation' and the removal of Aboriginal people from their homes during the 1930's. The girls dormitory was also significant because it was utilised by the Aboriginal Protection Board to house young girls who were forcibly removed from their families to be educated in domestic work then sent out in NSW to work. With no buildings remaining the area mantains a strong cultural connection with the original cemetry being maintained by the community.
The Brewarrina Aboriginal fish traps is evidence of the sohpisticated Aboriginal understanding of engineering, physics, the land and its natural resources. The Ngemba people are identified as the original custodians and the traps are argued to be the oldest surviving human structure in the world . The Ngemba people shared the traps with other tribes including the Morowari, Paarkinji, Weilwan, Barabinja, Ualarai and Kamilaroi. Particular traps were assigned to each family group and maintained under Aboriginal law. Neighbouring tribes were invited to the fish traps to join corroborees, initiation ceremonies, and meetings for trade and barter.
STAN GRANT PUTS OUR CASE FORWARD
A BRIEF HISTORY