Department of State Development

04 Jul 2016 Aboriginal affairs

First Aboriginal Regional Authorities recognised

Three Aboriginal organisations have been recognised as South Australia’s first Aboriginal Regional Authorities, under the state’s landmark Aboriginal Regional Authority policy.

The Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority will form a new partnership with the government to enhance the voice of Aboriginal people in decision-making and driving regional priorities and growth.

The announcement comes during national NAIDOC Week, the annual celebration of the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher said the new Aboriginal Regional Authority policy delivers on a State Government commitment to work more collaboratively with Aboriginal communities, and to strengthen the relationship between the government and all Aboriginal South Australians.

"NAIDOC Week always presents a great opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the history, culture, and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – the oldest living culture on the planet," Minister Maher said. 

The Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation represents the Wirangu, Mirning, Kokatha, Maralinga Tjarutja, and Yalata people, as well as the descendants of Edward Roberts. The Corporation is the only fully Aboriginal-owned and managed support, advocacy, and supplementary funding body for Far West Coast Aboriginal people.

The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association represents the Adnyamathanha communities of the Flinders Ranges. The Association includes more than 20 different language groups, and is involved in economic development opportunities (including purchasing the Wilpena Pound Resort) to enhance the wealth and financial autonomy of the Adnyamathanha people.

The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority represents the Ngarrindjeri people of the Lower River Murray and Coorong region. The Authority has been a pioneer of Aboriginal nation-building in South Australia, and in 2009 entered into a landmark agreement with the government which made Ngarrindjeri involvement central in critical water and land management programs along the Lower Murray and Coorong.