The KLC was set up by Kimberley Aboriginal people as a peak regional community organisation, to secure the rights and interests of Kimberley Aboriginal people to their land and waters and to protect their significant places. The year 2018 marks 40 years of significant, historical achievements and the continued growth of the KLC, in supporting their members and Kimberley Aboriginal people in getting back country, looking after country and getting control of their future.
They continue, focused on our core business as a Native Title Representative Body. In achieving the vision of our members, the KLC continues to develop comprehensive programs and activities that add to our growth as an organisation. The KLC provides procedural and technical information on its functions through its Annual Report to the Commonwealth Government as a prerequisite for our Native Title Representative Body Funding Agreement. The KLC strives to embody the diversity of our operations throughout this report.
- Throughout the reporting period, the KLC continued to advocate on behalf of Kimberley Traditional Owners for proposals outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Despite former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rejecting ‘the Voice in the Constitution’ proposal, the KLC has continued to be a strong advocate on the issue of constitutional reform for Aboriginal Australia.
- The ability of the Aboriginal Heritage Act to protect the interests of Aboriginal culture, sites and people has long been questioned by the KLC. The KLC believes a complete rewrite of the Act is required, rather than a piecemeal approach.
- The KLC will continue to focus on its core functions as a Native Title Representative Body progressing native title claims, supporting Prescribed Bodies Corporates, assisting with land and sea management activities and driving the Kimberley Ranger Network.
- After many years highlighting the importance of Indigenous fire management, the KLC has been named as a leading project partner in a new international savanna fire management project, which will export Indigenous fire methods to the world.
- In 2018, the KLC welcomed news of renewed Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Area funding. These contracts provide some certainty for ranger groups into the future and allow planning for upcoming programs of work.