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NLC welcomes new Chairman

Posted: Mon, November 18, 2013

New NLC Chairman, Samuel Bush-Blanasi

SAMUEL BUSH-BLANASI is the new Chairman of the Northern Land Council after winning the ballot at the 107th Full Council Meeting in Darwin earlier today.

Mr Bush-Blanasi, 53, from Wugularr, assumes the position as chairman after serving as deputy chair.

He won the position via ballot and becomes the NLC’s seventh chairman.

Mr Bush-Blanasi said he would give everything he has got to the position.

"Thank you all for your vote and for having the trust in me," he told Full Council today shortly after learning the result of the ballot.

"I will give it my best. There is a lot to do and I will work hard to represent Traditional Owners across the seven regions."

Mr Bush-Blanasi paid tribute to outgoing Chairman, Wali Wunungmurra.

"I'd like to thank Wali for his hard work over the past six years," Mr Bush-Blanasi said.

"His work and dedication was an example for us all."

The position of NLC Chairman is a three-year term, after which time the position goes to a vote again. Mr Wunungmurra, 67, decided not to pursue a third term. The position is voted on by each member of the Full Council from the NLC's seven regions.

A follow-up ballot was held for the vacant deputy chairman position, and that was won by John Daly, from Daly River South.