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APY Executive Boards response to publications in the Adelaide Advertiser Print E-mail

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APY PRESS RELEASE 7/9/2017 Print E-mail

The Chairman together with 12 Executive Board members on 5/9/2017 came together in a properly constituted meeting pursuant to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act. The Executive Board were presented with, and discussed in detail, written legal advices in response to recent governance issues.

The Executive Board together with the Chairman resolved that anyone acting without authorisation of the Executive Board in the following activities will be written to, asked to immediately cease and desist, and any failure to immediately cease and desist will result in prosecution:

Using the email account This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to communicate any business of the Chairman or the Executive Board of APY.

  • Creating any email account in the name of any member of the Executive Board to communicate any business of the Chairman or the Executive Board of APY.
  • Using the letter head of APY or incorporating the image of APY in any way whatsoever including, but not limited to, on letters, on emails, on Facebook or on any website.
  • Using the electronic signature of the Chairman Mr Frank Young.
  • Telephoning any member of the APY Executive Board to enquire about the business of APY without just cause.
  • Attending on the APY Lands without a permit for any reason whatsoever.
From Stockman to Statesman: Honouring the Life and Legacy of Kunmanara Lester Print E-mail


on the Recent Passing of Kunmanara Lester OAM, 1949-2017 

From Stockman to Statesman: Honouring the Life and Legacy of Kunmanara Lester

As family gather at sorry camp fires, we pause today to remember a great Yankunytjatjara man. Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara honours Kunmanara Lester, the man who put the “Y” in APY, who spoke up for his people, his language, and his law. He was a legend in his own lifetime. Lester will soon be laid to rest at his place, Walatina, where in life he was always a watchful presence, a custodian of the Anangu self-determination, of those precious rights he fought for and won, and then kept on fighting for, right to the end.

At this time, APY acknowledge the tireless lifelong work of Kunmanara Lester for Anangu tjuta (Aboriginal people of the APY Lands). With his family at his side, his commitment to Anangu and Aboriginal rights took many forms: as a pioneer of court interpreting, as an advocate with Reverend Jim Downing, and later a leader of the Institute for Aboriginal Development (IAD) and Nganampa Health. In his work as a station manager at Mimili, and as chairman of Uluru Kata Tjuta, he forged connections between old and new ways of looking after Anangu land. With his insistence that Yankunytjatjara is the language of Yankunytjatjara country, he worked to keep his language alive for his grandchildren. No man or woman who follows the news, as Kunmanara did so avidly, could miss the outpouring of grief at the loss of this Aangu man, nor still the enduring gifts his work has bestowed on Anangu tjuta.

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