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Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (August 2013)

Published: August, 2013

Kurdiji sets the pace

A derelict old building at Lajamanu has been transformed into a place where people can meet to keep their community strong.

Community residents, workers and dancers celebrated the opening of the Kurdiji’s meeting area on May 20, after the building had been renovated using community-controlled mining royalty funds (GMAAAC) .

The Kurdiji group gives the Warlpiri community cultural ownership and governance of issues affecting the community.

Jerry Jangala Patrick says the Kurdiji members were really happy with the office opening because Yapa want to have their law recognised and live with the law the right way.

“Keep working with our people to make our way strong and bring our ideas in – to do things our way,” he said .

Nanginarra Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross said Kurdiji was becoming a strong voice for yapa, looking after family members and finding alternatives to prison.

CLC Deputy Chairman, Francis Jupurrurla Kelly from Yuendumu said: “Kurdiji is the main group to reach out to the other communities and government departments.

It’s about self-determination, running our own affairs.”

The CLC has been providing

assistance to the Kurdiji through the Lajamanu governance project.