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Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation in Tennant Creek has emerged from its recent Annual General Meeting as a stronger
organisation, focused on providing services and employment opportunities in Tennant Creek and the wider region.
New Directors have been elected to the JCAC Board, bringing a balance of fresh ideas and approaches.
“Together with the experience and corporate knowledge brought by the returning Directors, JCAC is well positioned to move
forward as major provider of services to Aboriginal people in the Barkly,” JCAC board Chairperson Jones said.
“We want to work together to improve the living conditions of local Aboriginal people, grow employment opportunities and develop
our community and work in partnership. These current public attacks on our Board and JCAC are causing a lot of hurt to members,
employees and Board members”.
“We stand by our staff, who do a professional job and work hard, and should not be subject to extraordinary public attacks by a
group of faceless people. To have these baseless allegations aired in the local paper week in week out has been very difficult
personally and professionally to our staff and JCAC and disrespects our cultural values as an Aboriginal community controlled
“It is extraordinary and grossly unfair that the same avenues and rights of reply have not been extended to Julalikari board
members or management.”
JCAC complies with all requirements of the CATSI Act and ORIC and meet the reporting and acquittal requirements of its funding
through the Northern Territory and Federal Governments. “We have been investigated, audited and examined in the minutest detail
over the years and have always come out with a clean record,” Chairperson Jones said.
JCAC meets its legal and financial obligations but we also operate to the cultural foundations and vision set by the Traditional
Owners of the past.
“The challenges faced by Aboriginal community controlled organisations dependent on government funding, working in remote areas
with a client group suffering severe disadvantage, is not unique to JCAC. We work in an environment where funding isn’t secure or
ongoing, which can impact on the delivery of some programs. Governments are often moving the goalposts and changing the rules, as
has happened with housing and RJCP”.
“We acknowledge that everyone can always do better and JCAC will always strive to improve”.
“But we also have a proud tradition of standing up for Aboriginal people in Tennant Creek and setting up vital services and housing
Julalikari Council was established after Aboriginal people were pushed off reserves and pastoral companies across the Barkly to the
outskirts of Tennant Creek from 1967. The Warumungu Elders of the past realised that the different language groups were moving
into Tennant Creek and needed to have a voice as well as attract funds to cater for services such as housing and age care services.
Warumungu, Walpiri and Walmanpa Elders and other language groups established the first Night Patrol in Australia in Tennant Creek
to deal with ongoing issues related to alcohol.
JCAC fought for improved housing and services in town camps and is a significant provider of jobs and a major economic contributor
to Tennant Creek.
Over the past 12 months more than 9 million dollars has been distributed to local businesses and contractors in Tennant Creek
and the Barkly region.
The baseless and faceless public attacks on the reputation of JCAC, its management and staff are damaging to the good
relationships built up between organisations, businesses and wider community in our town. The JCAC Board of Directors believe these
attacks are being driven by a small group of disgruntled former employees and business competitors.
“They show no respect for our cultural governance and we call on them to stop their personally motivated smear campaign and
support JCAC, the Board and staff in moving forward in continuing to develop a stronger future for everyone.”
Please contact the Chairperson on 89622699
TO A STRONG FUTURE
Anyinginyi Manu Anyula Parkamarri Wilyangka
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