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Northern Land Council welcomes Joe Morrison

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2013


CHAIRMAN of the Northern Land Council, Wali Wunungmurra, announced today that Joe Morrison will become its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Morrison, 40, emerged from a strong field of contenders to be chosen for the position of NLC CEO.

“It is particularly pleasing that we’re able to appoint an Aboriginal Territorian to this position,” Mr Wunungmurra said.

Mr Morrison’s family connections are in the Katherine region and surrounds. He also has family links to the Torres Strait Islands.

His working career reflects a strong cultural lean toward traditional land ownership and innovation.

After completing high school in Katherine, Mr Morrison undertook higher education at the University of Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Land Management.

Since 2003, Mr Morrison has worked for the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA), latterly as its CEO.

Prior to NAILSMA, Mr Morrison worked as the Indigenous Land Management Facilitator (1998-2003) with the NT Government in partnership with the NLC, helping to establish local land and sea management capacities, which led to the formation of Indigenous ranger groups.

For the past decade, Mr Morrison has been advising Federal, State and Territory governments about Indigenous cultural and natural resource management. He has been a member of the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act for many years.

He said he is most looking forward to “heading bush to meet with our people” when he begins his new role.

Mr Morrison commences his term as CEO of the NLC in February 2014.