Media Statements

The GLSC - Business as usual

posted Sep 11, 2018, 8:06 PM by Aldrin Khaw   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 8:10 PM ]

The Goldfields Land and Sea Council ('GLSC') advises that it is business as usual for the GLSC.
Contrary to mis-information from some parties that suggesting otherwise...

Joint Media Statement - Aboriginal Heritage Act Reform - May 2018

posted Jun 6, 2018, 9:28 PM by Aldrin Khaw   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 9:45 PM ]

The WA Alliance of Representative Bodies and Service Providers (‘Alliance’) put their Joint Statement on Aboriginal Heritage Act Reform to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon Ben Wyatt MLA when they met recently in Perth. 

For more information please download the PDF below...

Ngadju People Part B - Native Title Determination

posted Oct 31, 2017, 8:26 PM by Aldrin Khaw   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 9:00 PM ]

On 17 July 2017 Justice Griffiths gave orders, by consent of the parties, detemiining that native title exists in the Ngadju Part B determination application area an area of some 1 ,174 square kilometres, located roughly halfway between Kalgoorlie and Norseman. The majority of the determined area was determined as exclusive possession native title. 

To read more please download the PDF below. 

Mirning People - Native Title Determination

posted Oct 24, 2017, 7:48 PM by Aldrin Khaw   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 7:49 PM ]

After a 22-year process, the Mirning People will have their native title recognised by the Federal Court of Australia at a native title determination ceremony to be held at a site near Mundrabilla on the Great Australian Bight.

On 24 October 2017, Justice Alan Robertson of the Federal Court will formally acknowledge native title over an area of approximately 33,000sqkm, 1,400kms east of Perth, of which almost 22,100sqkm will be the highest form of native title - exclusive possession.

To read more about the determination - please download the PDF below

GLSC Women Rangers Start Work

posted Aug 24, 2017, 2:43 AM by Aldrin Khaw   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 2:44 AM ]

On 21 August 2017, 4 women began work with the GLSC Land Management Rangers on a permanent part time basis.
This is the first time that the GLSC has had the opportunity to employ such a team on an ongoing basis.

For more information regarding this, please download the PDF article below.

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

posted Jul 26, 2017, 9:56 PM by Aldrin Khaw   [ 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 Aldrin Khaw

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".
Click on the PDF below for further details.

Senate Committee Report on the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill 2017

posted Mar 21, 2017, 10:06 PM by Aldrin Khaw

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  


posted Jan 31, 2017, 6:13 PM by Aldrin Khaw   [ 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 Aldrin Khaw   [ 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.

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