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October 1995

Land Rights News Vol 2, No 37 Oct 1995

News that the 3244 sq kilometre Mt Wedge pastoral lease some 350 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs was to be put up for auction earlier this year generated a great deal of excitement and interest from the Anmatyere traditional owners.

As a result of direct negotiations by the Central Land Council on their behalf, the sale of the property to the Ngarlatji Aboriginal Land Corporation is now being finalised. The Corporation was able to purchase the station with funding assistance from the Aboriginal Benefits Trust Account.

About 150 people currently living in the region at Laramba, Yuendumu and Mt Allen are looking forward to moving back to their country when the sale is finalised. The Anmatyere people have always maintained strong ties to this country.

The establishment of the Karrinyarra Outstation on the station against vigorous opposition from the powerful NT Cattleman's Association was an inspiring testament to their resolve. Spectacular Mt Wedge runs straight through the property and water is fairly plentiful.

The traditional owners are considering their options including the possibility of starting a horticultural enterprise and have asked the Central Land Council's Land Information Section to carry out a comprehensive assessment for sustainable land usage using the advanced Geographic Information System.

The traditional owners are very pleased and excited about the return of their country and have given instructions to the Central Land Council to lodge a land claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act as soon as the purchase has been finalised.