Statement from Chief Minister on Passing of NLC Chairman

NT Government

On behalf of the Northern Territory Government, I acknowledge the passing of Chair of the Northern Land Council Dr Bush-Blanasi.

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

Dr Bush-Blanasi was the NT Australian of the Year 2023, who will be remembered for his strong support of Native Title claims, including the handback of remaining ancestral lands at Kakadu to traditional owners.

Dr Bush-Blanasi was also instrumental in securing sea country rights for Yolngu people at Blue Mud Bay in eastern Arnhem Land; and helped to develop the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

More than his achievements, Dr Bush-Blanasi was a friend and confidant to many. Always offering advice and wisdom, we will miss his guidance.

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

Northern Territory Government

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