CLC DELEGATES – REGION 9
Stockman and fencer. Former Central Land Council ranger in Ti Tree, CDEP supervisor and Anmatyerr Council assistant mechanic, also worked for Centrefarm. Has a Certificate 4 in training and assessment.
“I’m proud of teaching the young fellas”
Former Muru-Warinyi Ankkul Ranger based in Tennant Creek, now with the federal government’s work-for-the-dole scheme “picking up rubbish and cutting grass” in Wilora. Former Anmatyerr Council member.
“I am a spokesperson for my community and want to help straighten things up properly that have gone off-track. We need more opportunities for young mob. We do our best to be role models, but there is no help from the government. Not enough jobs.”
“Too many communities are missing out on ranger work. When young people have nothing to do in the community they go to town and get into trouble.”
“I wanted to set up an Anmatyerr Ranger group in my community, to take the young people out bush. Show them the sacred sites and how to hunt every season. I have ranger experience and I’m proud of that. I’m a bush man too. I have been taught by my old people, especially my grandfather – how to survive out bush.”
Former health worker at the Alice Springs Hospital, the Tiwi Islands and Milikapiti before becoming an assistant teacher at Yuelamu. Served on the community’s Granites Mine Affected Areas committee since 2011. Member of Yuelamu’s working group that plans and monitors community-driven projects and funds them through community leasing income.
“I am proud of all the community projects of the last 10 years. My uncle was former CLC chair William Brown. I’m going to step up and be chair like my uncle.”
“I want to see Warlpiri and Anmatyerr people work together as one, and we need to help my people, especially the old people.”
Proud of taking a group of children to Yurkurru (Brooks Soak) in 2021 to show them where the massacre was, what happened and where the old man Bullfrog hid. “It’s important that our young people know what happened – that our people got killed for no reason.”
Mr Ross has worked as a stockman on the Coniston and Aileron stations, helped to grow grapes near Ti Tree and put to air radio programs for Pintubi Anmatyerr Warlpiri Media.
“I did a course at Batchelor – how to control and operate radio shows.”
The member of the now defunct Anmatyerr Council was elected to represent his community of Pmara Jutunta (Six Mile) on the Central Land Council for a second time in 2022.
“I will speak up about the shire councils because they are not doing a proper job, not cutting grass and removing old cars. We need funding for an after-school program for the little ones.”
Mr Purvis has represented Adelaide Bore on the council in the past and was elected again in 2022.
“I look after that place and the sacred sites of my father’s country.”
Former stockman who is proud of developing his homeland and plans to advocate for road grading, fencing and better housing.
“We need four houses. They need to be renovated.”
Worked on the Tanami gas pipeline, former team leader at the Central Desert Regional Council. Member of the local authority in Yuelamu. CLC delegate since 1996.
“I am proud to be elected as a community delegate for the CLC and want to improve the CLC. I learned from the elders talking about land and like spending time on my homeland. I support the Anmatyerr Cowboys.”
Night patrol worker and groundsman at the local school.
Worked as a teacher for 10 years at Wilora and Tara. Barkly Regional Council member, former ATSIC councillor.
“I want to speak up strong for the region I represent and help outstation people improve housing.”
“As a young person I worked as a stockman at Coniston Station and as a tracker at Ti Tree. I have also been a night patrol officer at Laramba for 13 years and a road plant operator in my region. As a delegate I want to speak up and represent my community.”