Annual Report 2010-2011

Published: December, 2011

Output 3.4 Commercial Assistance

The CLC supports landowners and communities across the region to take advantage of commercial opportunities on Aboriginal land and to develop
long-term sustainable Aboriginal enterprises.

The CLC works directlywith Aboriginal landowners in commercial activities of tourism, pastoral development and bush foods.
The CLC has sought to support Aboriginal people to develop their infrastructure, take up business development training, prepare business plans and build capacities in these commercial activities.

Indigenous Tourism Development 

The CLC’s capacity to provide planning and implementation support to traditional owners and Aboriginal communities of the region in sustainable Indigenous tourism enterprise development was diminished in this period due to uncertainties around funding arrangements for its two Aboriginal tourism development officer positions.
Negotiations with Tourism NT over extending existing arrangements and renewing funding took too long to conclude and yielded a limited outcome.
A short-term three-month appointment was made with internal funds to maintain the momentum of three projects at Umpiyara, Spotted Tiger Bore and Lilla while negotiations continued.
A case was made in the 2011-2012 operational budget submission to the ABA for inclusion of a dedicated position within the CLC’s core-funded staffing structure on an ongoing basis.
Nonetheless, efforts to support planning, development and on-ground implementation of Indigenous tourism initiatives produced results in the following locations:

Akanta Aboriginal Land Trust (ALT)  

  • Installation of directional signage and a fee collection box for the Akanta Campground.

Akekarrwenteme Ureyenge ALT (Harts Range locality) 

  • Provided advice on fee management, maintenance plans, signage and bookings to develop the Spotted Tiger Campground.

Atnetye ALT

  • Conducted a country visit across the Atnetye ALT with Eastern Arrernte traditional owners to identify management issues and appropriate responses to 4WD tourism activities (access and camping areas) in the Northern Simpson Desert.

Finke Gorge National Park (Lhere Pirnte ALT)

  • Negotiated in conjunction with a locally-based arts group for use of the old Palm Valley ranger station as an artists’ retreat and as a basis for exploring a future business opportunity.

Haasts Bluff ALT

  •  Six trial tours were conducted with 24 birdwatchers wishing to see the rare princess parrot.

Hermannsburg locality

  • ‘Ilpurla Trail’: facilitated meetings with traditional owners and other Aboriginal participants to evaluate the 2010 trial of the Ilpurla Trail six-day walking tour across the Ntaria, Ltalatuma and Haasts Bluff ALTs, run by Into The Blue Pty Ltd. (ITB). (See output 3.1)
  • Assisted Tjuwanpa Rangers and other Aboriginal proponents with a proposed ‘horse arena’ initiative at Hermannsburg.

Huckitta Station

  • Conducted a preliminary assessment of Indigenous tourism potential on the newly-acquired Huckitta station.

Katiti-Petermann ALTs

  • Liaised with the proposed Katiti-Petermann  IPA   management committee   regarding tourism market  expectations, traditional   owner aspirations, resources   and environmental carrying capacity.

Lilla Outstation (Watarrka National Park)

  • Continued to negotiate throughout the year on behalf of the Williams family with Hinterland and Remote Toursabout improving and formalising existing arrangements to accommodate tourists and provide weekly tours into the community.
  • Facilitated community meetings to review and clarify tourism aspirations and identify an alternative campground site outside the community living area boundaries.

Mpweringe-Arnapipe ALT (Black Tank)

  • Continued to project manage expenditure of a s.64(4) ABA grant for the development of campground infrastructure for Black Tank Cultural Tours.

Rodna ALT

  • Worked on feasibility issues and financial projections for R. Kenny for a proposed campground at Rodna.

Thakeperte ALT

  •  Successfully promoted the use of the McCormack family’s facilities at the Thakeperte community as a venue for meetings and workshops.

Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Parks (UKTNP) 

  • Assisted traditional owners to respond to a proposal by Outback Ballooning to operate balloon tours on the Katiti Aboriginal Land Trust adjoining UKTNP
  •  Assisted a Mutitjulu-based Indigenous proponent to develop a ‘Don’t climb the rock tours’ idea at the base of ‘the climb’ in the UKTNP, as an alternative to ‘the climb’.
  • Supported continued development of the Umpiyara tourism enterprise proposal with the participation of traditional owners from both Mutitjulu and Areyonga.

As well, there are regular meetings between Tourism NT and the CLC in relation to ongoing project management of current tourism businesses, specific issues and challenges arising, and funding arrangements.

Aboriginal Pastoral Development    

The CLC continued its role in providing representation, support and advice for pastoral development aspirations of Aboriginal land owners involved in larger commercially-based enterprises and smaller community-based projects.
The CLC provides assistance to all Aboriginal pastoralists to access external financial resources and management for grants and finances to meet operational and infrastructure requirements.
Often Aboriginal pastoralists also request governance training and advice to help them build enough capacity to run their enterprises successfully. The CLC continued to carry out on-ground inspections, liaise with grazing licensees, and provide advice and support to managers and traditional owners in the region.

The Indigenous Pastoral Program   

The Land Council continued to be an active partner in the multi-agency Indigenous Pastoral Program (IPP), now in its third five-year term.
The IPP’s primary focus is to reinvigorate and enhance indigenous participation in the pastoral industry through improved coordination and resource support for pastoraldevelopment on Aboriginal land.
Under these arrangements the CLC continued to employ an ILC-funded Indigenous pastoral development officer to work with IPP staff and pastoral consultants to provide expert advice to landowners on all aspects of production.
Properties assisted under the IPP include: Angarapa ALT, Atula (Atnetye ALT), Atnetye and Pmere Nyente ALTs (Numery GL), Daguragu ALT, Haasts Bluff ALT, Hooker Creek ALT, Kalumpurlpa (Karlantijpa North ALT), Irrmarne ALT and the adjoining Ooratippra Pastoral Lease, Loves Creek, Mangalawurru (Karlantijpa North ALT), Mungkarta ALT, Tanami Downs (Mangkururrpa ALT), Yuendumu ALT and Willowra (Wirliyajarrayi ALT).
The CLC maintains a pool of vehicles, equipment and feed. It is in high demand to help pastoralists organise musters, transport and sell cattle and provide advice on all aspects of pastoralism support including finance, investment, water, infrastructure, planning, herd improvement and fire management. Properties assisted in this way in 2010-2011 included: Ahakeye ALT (formerly Ti-tree Station), Angarapa ALT, Daguragu ALT, Haasts Bluff ALT, Karlantijpa North ALT (Mangalawurru), Loves Creek PL, Mungkarta ALT, Ooratippra PL (see output 3.1), Urrampinyi Iltjiltjarri ALT, Wirliyajarrayi ALT, and Tanami Downs (Mangkururrpa ALT).


In the reporting period the CLC continued its assistance to Aboriginal brand owners with requirements under the Northern Territory Brands Act including the completion and return of brand and property name/property identification code (PIC) audit forms to the NT Government as part of the NT Brands Audit.

New property  

Huckitta station  
Huckitta was purchased with ABA funding in August 2010 after the CLC had commissioned a valuation of plant and equipment.
The CLC then commissioned an independent business development plan to put the station on a sound commercial footing after transfer to Aboriginal management in August 2011. It also applied to the ABA for financial assistance to implement the business development plan and has worked to include the property in the IPP.
A natural resources audit of Huckitta was conducted as a basis for informing sustainable development of the propertyand future grazing management options.

Mining-allied Enterprise Development

Support for business development and employment-creation opportunities for Indigenous communities in the broader Tanami mining ‘precinct’ continued under the Tanami Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) but in March the RPA partners decided to not continue the RPA in its current form beyond 30 June 2011.
It was also decided to expand the geographical area for any future RPA to align with the CLC region to provide more opportunities for employment for Aboriginal people as well as increase the potential number of employers that could be involved.
Building the capacity of existing employers to employ more Aboriginal people is to be a priority in the future.
A revised RPA had not been progressed to any formal status by the close of the period.