Former Wellington man Roy Ah-See has been reelected as chair of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
Anne Dennis from Walgett was elected as deputy chair.
The chair and deputy were elected unopposed following a vote of NSWALC’s nine elected councillors. They will stay in the role for the next two years.
Cr Ah-See was raised on the Nanima Reserve, outside Wellington.
Earlier in the year he was named as one of six people in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Indigenous Advisory Council. He’s also a board member of Indigenous Business Australia.
Cr Ah-See said the clear message from his election to the position was that the land council was focused on continuing its important work.
"Through the collective wisdom of this council we've achieved a great deal for Aboriginal peoples in NSW,” he said.
"Over the next two years, the council will work to deliver the actions of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council's Strategic Plan to guide the land rights network for the next five years.”
As well as protecting Aboriginal culture and heritage, one of the main goals of the Strategic Plan is for the NSWALC to increase the amount of land and water that is in Aboriginal ownership and management.
Another aim is for an increased capability for Aboriginal people to undertake more business ventures.
With 120 Local Aboriginal Land Councils and 23,000 members, Cr Ah-See sand the land rights network was well positioned to use land as a way to strengthen culture and create jobs, particularly in the regions.
“The NSW Aboriginal Land Council will demonstrate its strong leadership and advocacy in critical areas like culture and heritage,” he said.
NSWALC deputy chair Anne Dennis has lived most of her life in Walgett.
She has been a member of the Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council for more than 15 years.