peter yu

We are pleased to announce Mr Peter Yu as a Keynote Speaker at the Developing Northern Australia Conference Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential to be held on 20-22 June 2016 at Darwin Convention Centre.

Mr Peter Yu, independent Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Managers Alliance Ltd will be speaking on ‘Sharing Risk and Managing Opportunities – A New Way of Doing Business in the North’.

The White Paper into Northern Australian Development recognises the critical importance of Indigenous participation in the North’s economic future.  Such recognition is unavoidable given the North’s demographic and land ownership reality. Yet what will it take to achieve substantial Indigenous equity in Northern Australia’s economy?

Peter Yu argues for a substantial change in the mind set of government, industry and Indigenous people about development policy and practice and relationship building.

Government and industry must stop viewing Indigenous rights to land as an impediment to development but rather embrace native title and traditional land ownership as cultural, social and economic assets. From this fundamental recognition, sustainable partnerships can flourish.

For our part, Indigenous title holders must build capacity to participate and develop an ethic of owning our own risk with respect to development scenarios. That does not mean compromising on Indigenous cultural and social imperatives. It means that a commitment by Indigenous people to participate in the development agenda can open doors for dialogue and agreement making based on a shared understanding that Indigenous priorities and economic opportunities should shape Northern Australia’s economic future.

Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia with over 35 years’ experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley and at the state, national and international level.

He has been an advocate for the social, cultural and economic advancement and well-being of Kimberley and other Aboriginal communities for his entire career. Over this period he has been instrumental in the development of many community based regional organisations.

He was Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council during the 1990s and had a national leadership role negotiating the Australian nation’s response to the High Court’s 1992 Mabo decision.

Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian State Government and Shire of Broome over the landmark 2010 Yawuru native title agreement and was the first CEO of the Yawuru Corporate Group.

He is the independent Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Managers Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA Ltd), deputy Chair of the AFL Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of Broome Future Ltd, and a Board member of the National Museum of Australia.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential will be held on 20-22 June 2016 at Darwin Convention Centre.

The Conference continues the dialogue started in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. To register your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.