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NLC welcomes purchase of Fish River Station

Posted: Thu, October 06, 2011

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke with rangers who will work on the Fish River property.

Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill said the recent purchase of Fish River Station marked an historic step forward in both the protection of environmental biodiversity and Aboriginal culture in the Daly River Region.

The 180,000 hectare former pastoral property has been purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation, Federal Government and not-for-profit conservation groups, with a view to the land becoming a designated nature reserve.

Speaking at today’s celebration at Fish River Station, about 150km south of Darwin , Mr Hill said the property purchase provided a win-win outcome for all stakeholders.

“This iconic land on the Daly River has been locked away for future generations to enjoy,” he said.

Mr Hill said the purchase of Fish River Station would also lead to employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal peoples living in the Daly River region.

"Ranger groups will be needed to ensure the environment and places of cultural significance are preserved, while opportunities for tourism will also be explored,” he said.

“The Daly River region is in need of more initiatives to boost Aboriginal employment and this project ticks all the boxes.”

Mr Hill said the NLC would work closely with local Aboriginal groups to develop an appropriate body to hold title for the property.

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