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Media release: NAILSMA CEO Departs for Northern Land Council 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

NAILSMA Chair, Mr Peter Yu has wished departing CEO Joe Morrison success in his new appointment as CEO of the Northern Land Council.

Mr Yu said “the NAILSMA Board wishes Joe well in the next phase of his professional life. Joe Morrison has made a lasting contribution to NAILSMA and the sustainability and integrity of indigenous culture and traditional knowledge in communities across north Australia”.

Mr Yu describes Joe Morrison as “an outstanding leader highlighted by his promotion of Indigenous cultural based economies within mainstream economic development. Joe’s efforts to bring together traditional Indigenous knowledge systems with western science have been highly innovative and clearly articulated. He is particularly recognised, in Australia and internationally, for his role in taking fire abatement methodologies to offset carbon emissions in collaboration with traditional owners from West Arnhem Land and elsewhere to a new level. This is now recognised as world leading science and collaboration.”

“The application of Indigenous traditional fire management knowledge is world’s best practice in this area of carbon abatement and Joe Morrison’s contribution has been critical”, Mr Yu said

Under his leadership NAILSMA delivered the first cross jurisdictional approach to managing migratory species of turtles and dugongs, then spearheaded the development of a comprehensive data collection, management and mapping program utilising CyberTracker software. This empowered and supported Indigenous rangers across north Australia through the I-Tracker program with NAILSMA subsequently receiving three National Banksia Awards.

Mr Yu said “Mr Morrison’s contribution to policy debates on issues such as Indigenous water rights, land tenure reform and governance development plus his capacity to get things done, has won Joe enormous respect throughout Australia.

Mr Morrison is a leader with unique insight and qualities necessary to take on a large, complex and challenging job with the NLC. The Board, staff and his many friends in communities across north Australia will be sad to see Joe leave NAILSMA, but will be fully supportive of him in his new role”, Mr Yu said

The NAILSMA Board also wishes to express its appreciation to Mr Morrison’s family for their support during his tenure at NAILSMA.

Mr Morrison will commence his position as CEO of the Northern Land Council in mid-February 2014.

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