State government and ATLA sign Recognition Agreement

AGREEMENT: ATLA chairman Damian Coulthard with Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher. PHOTO: SA government.

AGREEMENT: ATLA chairman Damian Coulthard with Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher. PHOTO: SA government.

THE ADNYAMATHANHA people will have a louder voice in decision-making and regional priorities and growth after signing the Aboriginal Regional Authority Recognition Agreement on Tuesday March 21.

The South Australian government and the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) reached the agreement at Wilpena Pound, making ATLA the lead regional decision-maker.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher said the agreement represents a commitment to strengthening the relationship between the government and all Aboriginal South Australians.

“This is a significant moment in South Australia’s history with the signing of one of the first Aboriginal Regional Authority Recognition Agreements with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association,” he said.

“Our Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy is a commitment to work more collaboratively with Aboriginal communities.”

Aboriginal nations will have the chance to work with the government through the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy to improve outcomes for Aboriginal South Australians.

ATLA is involved in economic development opportunities – such as purchasing the Wilpena Pound Resort – to enhance the wealth and financial autonomy of the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges.

The group was recognised as one of SA’s first Aboriginal Regional Authorities under the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy on July 5, 2016.

ATLA includes more than 20 different language groups.

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