Media Statements

Elijah Doughty trial: How Indigenous rangers worked with police to ease tensions in Kalgoorlie

posted Jul 26, 2017, 9:56 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 9:57 PM ]

For the hundreds of people waiting outside Kalgoorlie Courthouse during the trial of the man charged with the death of Elijah Doughty, the line between grief, nerves and anger was paper thin. 

Read more about how the Indigenous rangers worked with police to ease tensions in the news article below...

ABC News - How Indigenous rangers worked with police to ease tensions in Kalgoorlie

GLSC Rangers working at CREDO

posted May 21, 2017, 9:34 PM by GLSC Council

Mr Hans Bokelund, CEO of Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC), announced that the GLSC Aboriginal rangers have negotiated a sustainable sandalwood harvesting contract with the Forest Products Commission for the area of the former Credo pastoral lease. He said "many of the GLSC's Aboriginal rangers who will be undertaking the harvesting of the sandalwood have traditional ties to the area that the sandalwood is being harvested from".
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Senate Committee Report on the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill 2017

posted Mar 21, 2017, 10:06 PM by GLSC Council

The Goldfields Land and Sea Council welcomes the report and recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on its examination of the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill 2017. 
 
Mr Hans Bokelund, Chief executive Officer of the GLSC, said that the Bill was critical to the sustainability of the provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), and without its proposed amendments we would see a huge number of Agreements, struck in good faith, rendered invalid. He noted that at least one significant Indigenous Land Use Agreement in the Goldfields region would be affected if the Bill did not proceed, and that there were many more in this position across the country. 
 
“The GLSC urges the Parliament to accept the recommendations of the Committee on the Bill and pass it into legislation. This will give all parties to Indigenous Land Use Agreements across the country, including developers, pastoralists, miners and other sectoral interests, the reassurance that their agreements will remain valid. It will also ensure that there is no unintended impediment to the making of new agreements under the Act” Mr Bokelund said. 
 
Mr Bokelund noted that the Committee’s rationale for excluding a number of provisions from its recommendation was reasonable (suggesting they be brought back as part of a broader Bill dealing with the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission in their entirety). He also noted, however, that this should be sooner rather than later, in the interests of all concerned with the operations of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). 
 
Media Contact:  GLSC Chief Executive Officer – (08) 90 911661  
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KALGOORLIE’S ABORIGINAL ITINERANTS

posted Jan 31, 2017, 6:13 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 11:31 PM ]

Reactive approach to anti-social behavior, is not the answer in addressing Kalgoorlie’s Aboriginal itinerant population. Fencing off parks and re-modelling streets do not work in the long-term. Reactive policing does little else than move a perceived problem to another area, where the same issues persist. In place of reasoned and articulated policy regarding the use of public space, police must accept the role of de facto negotiators of public space issues. 
 
The GLSC has always advocated a ‘Reconciliation Action Plan’ that would form the bed rock of any policy regarding the use of public spaces. The GLSC also has Aboriginal Rangers, who could be trained and employed as negotiators of public spaces, particularly when dealing with itinerant Aboriginals from the Lands. A ‘Public Place Patrol’ that tackles public drunkenness and anti-social behavior. 
 
Again we reiterate to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to consult with the people, for example the GLSC and Bega, instead of wasting rate-payer’s money that will only antagonize already volatile relationships in the Community – fencing off parks is not the solution. Better consultation and coordination is needed. 
 
Research has proven that reactive policing does not yield long-term results. Itinerants neither disappeared nor were they displaced in the long-term. Only short term displacement occurred whereby itinerants gathered in another locale or served a jail sentence, before resuming their lifestyle (McDonald 1996:4).    It is argued that a reactive approach to anti-social behavior sets in a cycle of stress on the Community as a whole, and the Aboriginal Itinerants, only to contribute to further anti-social behavior.   Kalgoorlie regularly deals with travelling non-Aboriginal itinerants, known affectionately as the ‘Grey Nomads’, where public space is specifically provided for them. Let us afford the same public spaces to our Aboriginal itinerants. 
 
Tackling anti-social behavior requires a comprehensive strategic approach that entails finding an Aboriginal approach to the problem, as part of a Reconciliation Action Plan. 
 
 
 
 
Media Contact:  GLSC Chief Executive Officer – (08) 90911661  

Indigenous rangers supported to care for country in the Goldfields

posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:48 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 11:51 PM ]

Indigenous land across the Goldfields region of Western Australia will be better preserved, thanks to a $660,000 investment by the Coalition Government in a new Indigenous ranger group. 

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said today the Goldfields Land and Sea Council would receive $660,000 through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

“This great local project will employ six new, young Indigenous rangers to conserve and care for their country through land management,” Minister Scullion said.

“The funding will be provided on the condition that the local Land Council works with Government to identify sites of environmental and cultural significance to be managed as well as developing appropriate employment, training and youth engagement strategies.  

“Funding for this project will not only focus on preserving iconic biodiversity and cultural sites on the Goldfields' Aboriginal estate, it will also have a strong focus on engaging local Indigenous youths to facilitate their access and experience on country.

“In the future, the project may expand into a fee-for-service enterprise, providing economic development opportunities for young local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Supporting a thriving Indigenous business sector is a critical component of the Coalition Government’s agenda in Indigenous Affairs.

“This is a great project offering local Indigenous employment and support for young people in our region,” Mr Wilson said.
 
“Indigenous rangers carry out vital work to protect and conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places, and address environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire. I am pleased, too, that this project has the potential to support our local business sector.”

The grassroots approach under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy’s community-led grants process enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to apply for funding at any time for projects to address local needs or opportunities.

“Through these grants, we’re providing targeted investment to those on the ground to develop local solutions in their region,” Minister Scullion said.

More than 2600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are now employed as Indigenous rangers through the Coalition Government investment of more than $425 million over five years in Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas.

The Forgotten People

posted Mar 9, 2015, 6:01 PM by GLSC Council

It is with considerable disappointment and disillusionment that the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (‘GLSC’), the Native Title Representative Body of the Goldfields and Esperance Region of Western Australia advises that we were unsuccessful in our application to the Commonwealth as part of the “Indigenous Advancement Strategy”.This is on top of no historic Commonwealth funding for the proven Caring for Country and/or Working on Country Programs in this region; no Commonwealth funding for Indigenous Protected Areas in this region; no Commonwealth support of an Aboriginal Green Army Program in the GLSC’s region; no Commonwealth support of an Aboriginal defined Remote Jobs and Community Program for the region; and no Commonwealth support of a single Aboriginal person to work on-country and in their own country in the entire GLSC representative body area of Western Australia, which covers over 640,000km2 (almost 3 times the size of Victoria). However, the government has made previous commitments to have some 730 Aboriginal Rangers trained and employed throughout the Country in its programs by June this year.

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Esperance Nyungar - FQM Indigenous Land Use Registered

posted Nov 13, 2014, 10:31 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 10:35 PM ]

On 7 November 2014 the National Native Title Tribunal registered the Esperance Nyungar-FQM Mining Validation Indigenous Land Use Agreement (‘ILUA’).

 This ILUA provides for the validation of two mining leases held by FQM Australia which may have become invalid following the landmark determination of native title in favour of the Esperance Nyungars earlier this year. In connection with this, the ILUA also provides for FQM Australia to provide a package of benefits to the Esperance Nyungar native title group.

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World Parks Conference

posted Nov 13, 2014, 5:27 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 10:35 PM ]

On 12 November 2014, the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion announced that funding of up to $77,000 had been provided to ensure that Indigenous rangers and managers were part of setting the agenda for protected area conservation for the next ten years, at the World Parks Congress in Sydney.

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Ngadju People - Native Title Determination

posted Nov 5, 2014, 8:09 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Nov 5, 2014, 8:09 PM ]

After an 18 year process, the Ngadju People will have their native title recognised by the Federal Court of Australia at a native title determination at Buldania Rockhole, east of Norseman.

On 21 November 2014, the Federal Court will formally acknowledge native title over an area of approximately 102,000sq km surrounding Norseman, 700 kilometres east of Perth, of which almost 45,000sqkm will be the highest form of native title - exclusive possession.


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Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: A Historical View

posted Aug 31, 2014, 10:49 PM by GLSC Council   [ updated Aug 31, 2014, 10:49 PM ]

The Goldfields Land & Sea Council ('GLSC') endorses the Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoplers. A brief examination of the history of the Australian Constitution demonstrates clearly why Indigenous Australians need to be formally recognized in this country's founding document

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