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A Joint Statement from
Federal Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill
The Northern Land Council,
The Northern Territory Government, and
Energy Resources or Australia.

Kakadu Regional Social Impact Study


4 September 1996

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has released terms of reference for a comprehensive and independent study of the social impact of development on Aboriginal communities in the Kakadu region.

Senator Hill, the Northem Land Council (NLC), the Northem Territory Government, and Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), have all expressed a strong commitment to the social impact study.

All parties are committed to ensuring Aboriginal control of the key aspects of the study and to maximising the involvement of the Aboriginal community.

The study aims to provide a clear statement of Aboriginal experiences, values and aspirations in relation to development in the Kakadu region. It will also produce an Action Plan to address the impacts associated with development in the Kakadu region.

The Commonwealth Government, Northern Territory Govemment, and ERA will contribute up to $330,000 to fund the study.

Central to the study will be the work of the Aboriginal Project Committee which will prepare the major report on Aboriginal concerns and aspirations.

This committee will include Aboriginal representatives of the traditional owners, local organisations and a member of the NLC.

An Advisory Group will provide feedback on the Project Committee Report and may undertake complementary projects. This group will consist of an independent chair, an independent expert and stakeholders such as Aboriginal representatives, the NLC, ERA, and the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments,

The Advisory Group will prepare the Action Plan with the assistance of the Aboriginal Project Committee.

The final report of the Aboriginal Project Committee will be prepared by 30 June 1997, with the Action Plan to be completed by 31 July 1997.

Further comment

Matt Brown, Senator Hill's Office, O6 277 764O
Kyrn Stevens, Northern Lands Council, 089 205 114
Mary Shiers, NT Government, 0889996468
Alison Conn, ERA, 02 256 8900

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