Samuel Bush-Blanasi is a resident of the Wugularr (Beswick) community in the Katherine region.
Samuel Bush-Blanasi is a resident of the Wugularr (Beswick) community in the Katherine region. He was raised by a Mayili man, the late Mr David Blanasi, whom he thanks for his education and for instilling in him strong cultural and traditional values.
Mr Bush-Blanasi’s mother was from the Blue Mud Bay region in east Arnhem Land and was a claimant in the Blue Mud Bay case which was decided by the High Court in 2008. As a result, Aboriginal Traditional Owners now own more than 85 per cent of the Northern Territory intertidal zone.
Mr Bush-Blanasi was educated in his own community before completing studies at Kormilda College in Darwin. He’s an accomplished artist, and was a founding member of the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA), the peak advocacy and support agency for Aboriginal artists across the Top End. He was also a founder of Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA).
This is his ninth term at the NLC and fourth term as Chair.
Sep 1, 2020
On 29 July 2020 the NLC and the NT Government signed the Blue Mud Bay Action Plan.