CLC Under New Leadership

Posted: Wed, September 17, 2014

The new CLC Chair, Francis Jupurrurla Kelly (left) and new Deputy Chair, Sammy Butcher.

The Central Land Council’s deputy chair of over a year, Mr Francis Kelly, was today elected the new CLC chair. Mr Sammy Butcher is the new deputy chair. Mr Kelly, a film maker from Yuendumu who has been a CLC delegate for the past 12 years, said his election clears the way for the CLC to once again focus on the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal people in Central Australia.

“Members have got to work hand in hand with staff to keep this land council strong into the future”, he said. “Together, we must fight for our children to get a good bilingual and bicultural education, whether they live in outstations, communities or town. They deserve no less.”

“I want us to support outstation people to set up and run their own businesses and to lobby governments to put Aboriginal people in charge of services through their own independent outstation resource centres”, said Mr Kelly, who is well known for his film Coniston and the Bush Mechanics television series.

New deputy chair Sammy Butcher, a well known musician from Papunya, called the election a new beginning for the CLC and him personally.

“We can overcome our difficulties by all working together. Francis and I are both artists and role models and we’ll support each other for the betterment of our people.”

The 67 delegates present at the CLC’s special council meeting in Tennant Creek voted in an election conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission and observed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The delegates voted for a new chair after the Daguragu community near Kalkarindji elected Mr Michael George as their new CLC delegate on 9 September 2014, replacing the community’s previous representative, Mr Maurie Ryan.


17 September 2014