State Funeral for NLC Chairman Dr Bush-Blanasi

NT Government

A State Funeral will be held for the Chairman of the Northern Land Council Dr Bush-Blanasi.

It will be held at 10:30am on Friday 15 December at the Territory Netball Stadium, 235 Abala Road, Marrara.

A proud Yolngu and Mayili man, Dr Bush-Blanasi was a strong advocate, and inspirational leader for Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory and Australia.

Dr Bush-Blanasi was a true advocate whose purpose was to make sure Aboriginal people ‘s rights were protected and represented at the highest level. He was instrumental in securing sea country rights for Yolngu people at Blue Mud Bay in Eastern Arnhem Land and helped develop the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Dr Bush-Blanasi was a friend and confidant, always offering advice and wisdom, and he will be missed by many.

Quotes attributed to Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles:

“On behalf of the Northern Territory Government and Territorians, I extend our sincere condolences to Dr Bush-Blanasi’s family, his clan groups, and members and staff of the Northern Land Council.

“Dr Bush-Blanasi was a true leader. Someone who had a commanding presence who was listened too. He preserved culture and made sure others understood its importance.

“This State Funeral will honour Dr Bush-Blanasi’s contribution to the Territory and a legacy that will never be forgotten.”

Northern Territory Government

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