On 18 September 2013, Aurukun community saw a long awaited land transfer come to fruition.
There were 250 people, comprising many visitors, local residents, and dignitaries in attendance.
The lovely setting of the Town Square presented an optimistic and positive coming together for Aurukun people.
Highlight of the day was the performance of the local school band who were certainly well received and received warm applause.
It is a great sign for Aurukun’s future to see its youth perform so professionally and confidently.
Aurukun Shire Council representatives and Ngan Aak-Kunch directors proudly accepted the deeds for the long awaited land transfers.
Following the transfer, the Shire Lease will be cancelled and the land will become Aboriginal Freehold land with two trustees;
1) Aurukun Shire Council- will be the trustee of the town area and the reserve land; and
2) Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC- will be trustee of the balance of the Shire Lease (except the Peppan
lot) and the four State land lots.
Both Trustees will be responsible for managing the land that they hold and making decisions about that land on behalf of the
people they hold the land for.
The Council will retain Local Government responsibility for all the land, being land Council is trustee of and the land NAK is trustee of.
Aurukun move forward with great hope can now look forward to a great future.