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From Stockman to Statesman: Honouring the Life and Legacy of Kunmanara Lester Print E-mail

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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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Response to the APY Funding 2014/2015 Audit Undertaken by Ernst and Young Print E-mail

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The General Manager and the APY Executive would like to take this opportunity to thank the Federal and State Ministers, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation-Department of State Development and the Ernst and Young team, for working diligently to highlight where APY can continue to improve our financial governance. APY had previously worked closely with KPMG to address concerns identified by their first and second KPMG reports. This previous work had paved the way for a more in-depth financial review of the 2014/2015 financials that will set out a clear path forward for APY.

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ABC News: APY farming Print E-mail

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-24/apy-farming/7656450

APY General Manager – Richard King and A/ Land Management Program Manager –James Kidman talk about in the far north of South Australia there are hopes a cattle herd run by traditional owners could provide employment opportunities. The APY Lands project could have another benefit, preventing the spread of an invasive weed.

 

 
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara throws its support behind APY Thunder Print E-mail

By David Couzner
June 10, 2016

Skill Hire and its valued partner, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) are proud to announce that the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Executive council met on June 9, and have thrown their full support and endorsement behind APY Lands Football and the formation of the APY Thunder team.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Executive council have endorsed the program and can see the benefits it will bring to Anangu.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) is incorporated by the 1981 Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act whereby the SA Parliament gave Aboriginal people title to more than 103,000 square kilometres of arid land in the far northwest of South Australia. The main communities on the Lands include: Indulkana, Mimili, Kaltjiti, Pukatja, Amata and Pipalyatjara. There are several homelands as well, the larger ones being Kalka, Kanpi and Nyapari.

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