Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Finance; Racing and Gaming; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Aboriginal Lands Trust members reappointed

    27/07/2022 3:40 PM
    • Aboriginal Lands Trust responsible for management of 22 million hectares of land
    • Divestment program to put lands into direct control of Aboriginal people and entities
    • Reappointment of experienced Aboriginal board members ensures continuity and stability through important period of reform

    Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti today announced the reappointment of two highly experienced Aboriginal people to the Aboriginal Lands Trust (the Trust) of Western Australia.


    Ms Nerida Haynes, who has been a member of the Trust for the past four years, was reappointed for a second four-year term. 


    An experienced advocate for Aboriginal led and managed projects, Ms Haynes will continue to bring her extensive background in environmental and Aboriginal heritage matters to the role.


    Mr Jeremiah Riley has also been reappointed to the Trust. Mr Riley has an extensive background across the Native Title and community sectors, as well as experience working for the State Administrative Tribunal and Native Title bodies.


    The Trust continues to progress the divestment of land through the transfer of ownership, management and control of more than 300 properties to support the long-term aspirations of Aboriginal people.


    Work is continuing to prepare legislative changes in consultation with Aboriginal organisations, Native Title representative bodies and key stakeholders that will maximise divestment of the Trust estate by 2024.


    Trust members are appointed based on knowledge, skills and experience across a range of areas including housing, business and economic development; and planning and land management.


    Retiring member Mr James Elliott was acknowledged for his eight years of service, demonstrating a strong commitment to improving opportunities for Aboriginal people.


    For more information about the Trust visit the website.  


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:


    "The reappointment of Ms Nerida Haynes and Mr Jeremiah Riley to the Trust will provide a combination of fresh ideas and continuing experience.


    "I thank Mr Elliott for his many years of service and welcome back Mr Riley, who had previously been with the Trust for a short period, and was keen to return and continue to work with other members to progress strategic priorities.


    "We are working on amending parts of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 to support the Trust in addressing obstacles and limitations to divestment and open new social, cultural and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people."


    "I look forward to continuing to work with all members of the Trust on these important reforms and the critical work they do ensuring that land in the Trust estate is managed for the benefit of Aboriginal people."


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