Goldfields Land and Sea Council Newsletter 2018

 

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The GLSC Rangers will host the southern Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) meeting in June. The aim of the IDA is to strengthen Aboriginal land management capacity across the desert. The meeting brings together Rangers to network, engage in ranger training exercises, and peer to peer mentoring. Trevor Donaldson (Jnr), GLSC Ranger Superintendent said “It is an honour to be able to host the IDA conference and we are looking forward to showing off our country and working with Rangers from other areas”. Hans Bokelund GLSC CEO inspects the first Sandalwood tree pulled as part of the Ranger sandalwood contract From left to right: Hans Bokelund; Jayden Donaldson; Isaac Green; and Wyvern Dimer Welcome to New Staff Max Sergeant - Anthropologist Having moved to Australia from the UK in 2016, Max spent the last two years working as a freelance copywriter and completing an internship at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation. Max trained as an anthropologist at Brunel University in London and then completed a master’s degree at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In his spare time he likes photography and watching soccer. He is enjoying the new experience of living in Kalgoorlie, and looking forward to seeing more of the country as he performs his duties. Aldrin Khaw - IT and Records Coordinator Aldrin studied at The University of Western Australia and Curtin University, majoring in Bachelor of Computer Science, and Bachelor of Commerce/Management. He also has numerous certifications with BrainBench - Gartner Research USA. Aldrin has been maintaining the GLSC’s IT systems since 2005. He is taking the opportunity to join the GLSC team, where he hopes to dedicate his time and purpose to a worthy cause. Pauline Gartlan - Senior Lawyer Pauline has 20 years’ experience in commercial law acting for corporate, government and pro bono clients. Before joining the GLSC Pauline was a Special Counsel at Clayton Utz. Pauline’s areas of practise included land tenure (native title and Aboriginal land), projects, energy and resources and corporate governance including advice to Aboriginal corporations. Since 2012, Pauline has been a board member of a charity whose projects focus on women’s health and the education and empowerment of women in poor and developing countries including the Philippines, Myanmar and India. Tonya Tucker - Accounts Assistant Tonya completed year 8-12 at Esperance Senior High School graduating with Certificate I & II in Business, then moved on to waitress at Brown Sugar Café while also working at Tjaltjraak Services as a general cleaner. Tonya enjoys being outdoors which gives her the inspiration to build fairy gardens. Other staff: Rhianne Ransom has a new position as Legal Assistant in the Perth office. Rebecca Morphy has returned from maternity leave. GLSC NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2018 Mirning Claim Group Meeting Members attend the Mirning meeting held in April On Wednesday 18 April 2018 the Mirning claim group met at Coolgardie Community Recreation Centre to discuss the State of Western Australia’s proposal to deal with a number of town lots in Eucla and a quarry near Eucla. These lots were excluded from the consent determination of the Mirning Native Title Claim made by the Federal Court on 24 October 2017 (Mirning Part B). The GLSC ran the meeting, which included a presentation from the GLSC’s consultant barrister attending to the matter, Chris Athanasiou. Other GLSC staff members in attendance were Matthew Moharich, Pauline Gartlan, Andrew Burke, Brian Champion, Sonya Hills, Max Serjeant and Richard Anthonisz. The meeting was a positive initial step for the Mirning claim group, who resolved for the GLSC to negotiate the terms of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the State. The resolution of this process will finalise the Mirning Native Title Claim. As a next step, the GLSC anticipates to hold an Authorisation meeting for the Mirning Claim Group. Northern Goldfields Native Title Update The long path towards achieving native title outcomes in the Northern Goldfields region is nearing some important milestones. People of the region are only too aware of the complexities involved in achieving native title in this area, including the Wongatha decision. The GLSC has been addressing the challenges presented by Wongatha. This has included conducting the necessary research required for sustainable claims. GLSC engaged expert anthropologists who have been undertaking the research. Over the coming months GLSC will be entering into the phase of consulting with Traditional Owners along with the expert anthropologists. Information and other meetings will be scheduled to discuss and consider the research with the aim of filing claims within the region following the consultation and authorisation process. GLSC NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2018

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GLSC Welcomes Bill Shorten, Bill Johnston and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson On Tuesday 10th April 2018 Mr Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, visited the GLSC Kalgoorlie office. From left to right: Trevor Donaldson; Trevor Donaldson (Jnr); Delson Stokes, GLSC Board member; Hon. Kyle McGinn, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region; Bill Shorten; and Hans Bokelund, GLSC CEO. Images from left to right: The Minister for Mining and Petroleum, the Hon. Bill Johnston visited the Kalgoorlie office on 11 May 2018. From left to right: Minister Johnston and GLSC Board members Alicia Hills and Maria Meredith. The Police Commissioner, Chris Dawson visited the Kalgoorlie Office on May 2018. From left to right: Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs Trevor Donaldson Snr, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, Trevor Donaldson Jnr, Assistant Commissioner Murray Smalpage, Superintendent Darryl Gaunt, and Hans Bokelund. Menzies Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary The Menzies Aboriginal Corporation celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Friday 6 April 2018. CEO Hans Bokelund and Maurene Williams attended from GLSC. Joan and Ian Tucker at the anniversary celebration GLSC NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2018 GLSC Hosts the WA Alliance Meeting GLSC hosted the Alliance of Western Australian Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers meeting in Perth on 30 April and 1 May 2018. The Alliance meetings provide an important opportunity for Chief Executive Officers and representatives from GLSC, YMAC, CDNTS, KLC, and SWALSC to engage on key issues impacting Aboriginal People throughout WA, and to undertake united, ‘face to face’ engagement with WA State Government Ministers and senior Department staff. The State Government Consultation Paper, released on 9 March as phase one of a review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, was high on the list of topics discussed. The Alliance welcomes the State Government review and commitment to consult widely during the review process and note that workshops were scheduled to be held throughout WA communities and included Esperance, Kalgoorlie and Leonora during May 2018. The Alliance prepared a Joint Statement calling for a total repeal of the current Heritage Act and referred to precedents in other states such as Victoria, South Australia and Queensland in relation to modernising their Heritage Acts through broad repeals. Other key issues included the ALT divestment process; State and mining company funding and support for remote Aboriginal communities; Ranger Program commitments; and the impact of the Forrest decision. On the second day the Alliance welcomed the opportunity to speak with invitees The Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) and the Hon. Bill Johnston MLA (Minister for Mines and Petroleum) on a range of issues. The Joint Statement on the Heritage Act review was provided and other issues pertaining to their respective portfolios were addressed. Invitations to the WA Premier and Ministers have been made to attend future Alliance meetings so that we can continue to engage directly as part of a proper engagement and consultation process for Aboriginal People in WA. Ranger Success GLSC’s Ranger program has successfully attracted funding from the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments, including a two year grant from the Western Australian Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), and an extension of funding under the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) for a further three years to 2021. The Ranger program employs 18 Aboriginal people on a full time, parttime and casual basis. The Women’s Ranger Team of five now works as a separate unit focusing on the conservation of recreation sites including Boorabbin National Park and the Kalgoorlie Arboretum and also engages with the schools around Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Ms Jamie Tucker, Women’s Team Leader said “The Female Ranger Program is very meaningful as it creates employment, training and a career pathway for Aboriginal Women and allows us to work on country”. GLSC Rangers with WA Minister for Environment, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC From left to right: Jade Cooper; Trevor Donaldson (Jnr) Stephen Dawson; and Teresa Stokes GLSC NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2018

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