Murujuga National Park

Aboriginal rangers trained and employed by Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation. Photo: Courtesy of Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation

Burrup Peninsula, the Pilbara: Western Australia’s 100th national park is officially open and in a first for that state it is solely owned by Aboriginal people and jointly managed by Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Administrations end in two Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations

Two Queensland corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) had their special administrations finalised on 30 June 2008.

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Mr Anthony Beven, said that in each case the special administrators had restored the operations of corporations to good order and it was appropriate for them to be returned to their directors.

‘I am confident the corporations now have strong corporate governance processes in place.’, he said.

Two NSW Aboriginal corporations handed back to their members

Two New South Wales corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) will have their special administrations finalised at the end of June 2008.

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Mr Anthony Beven, said that in each case the special administrators had restored the operations of corporations to good order and it was appropriate for them to be returned to their directors.

‘I am delighted that the corporations can now function on a sound financial footing so that they serve their members properly,’ he said.

ORIC's reconciliation action plan launched

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Mr Anthony Beven, launched his office’s reconciliation action plan (RAP) at a celebratory event in Canberra today. Mary G, the Queen of the Kimberley, started proceedings off with some songs and Aunty Ruth Bell provided the welcome to country.

The RAP outlines ORIC’s commitment towards the national goal of closing the 17 year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. It identifies actions and targets in the key areas of relationships, respect, creating opportunities and tracking progress and reporting.

Court hands down costs decision in Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal Corporation case

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, today noted the Federal Court’s decision to reject applications for costs in the Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) case.

Justice Mansfield has rejected the applications made by the Registrar and special administrator for costs from the applicants and has ordered that the parties bear their own costs of the case to date.

The special administrator intends to hold a general meeting of members between 21 July and 25 August 2008 to:

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