New appointments to the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee
Committee assesses the importance and significance of Aboriginal sites
Increased Aboriginal knowledge and engagement in decision making
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier today announced four new appointments to the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC), increasing the committee membership to 10.
The ACMC is an independent committee responsible for evaluating, on behalf of the community, the importance of places and objects believed to be associated with Aboriginal people, and for providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
"These appointments increase the Aboriginal membership on the committee from two to six people," Mr Collier said.
"This increase will give the Aboriginal community confidence that people with regional knowledge and cultural understanding are intimately involved in the decision-making process."
The new committee members are from the East Kimberley, Pilbara, Ngaanyatjarra Lands and South-West.
"They bring considerable experience through their important work with organisations such as the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Kimberley Land Council, Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and the Ngaanyatjarra Council," the Minister said.
"I am confident the expanded committee will contribute strongly to the improved protection of important Aboriginal heritage across the State."
The four new members are:
Merle Carter (Miriuwung Gajerrong/Bunuba): Chairwoman of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre and board member of the Kimberley Land Council
Patrick Churnside (Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi): Chairman, Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation
Bruce Smith (Ngaanyatjarra Lands): Former chairman, Ngaanyatjarra Council
Lindsay Dean (Noongar): Chairman, Dreamtime Committee
The four new members have been appointed for a three-year term, commencing March 2016
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