Future Groote Strategy: Community Justice Group
SVA Consulting has been working on the Groote Archipelago for five years on the development and implementation of the Future Groote Strategy, in partnership with the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC), South32, the Northern Territory (NT) and Australian Governments, and a number of other local stakeholders. A critical initiative under the Future Groote Strategy is the establishment of a Community Justice Group to support improved justice outcomes on Groote.
With supporting commitments under the Groote Archipelago Local Decision Making Agreement and the NT Aboriginal Justice Agreement, the ALC and the NT Government needed to engage Anindilyakwa people in a conversation about the establishment of a Community Justice Group on Groote.
To ensure local support for an Anindilyakwa Community Justice Group, and reach agreement on what the Group will do and how it will do its work.
The role we played
SVA Consulting was asked to lead community consultations to support the establishment of the Community Justice Group:
- We conducted seven community meetings over five months in the communities of Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra with support from several community members and local organisations. The meetings were attended by more than 80 warnimamlaya (Aboriginal people from the Groote Archipelago), with many prospective Group members attending multiple meetings.
- We provided regular updates on the progress of the Group’s thinking through various local forums.
- We documented what we heard from community members attending consultation through a briefing paper to the ALC Board and NT Government, describing the Group’s proposed purpose, composition, intended outcomes and support needs to inform funding for the Group.
In 2021, the ALC, NT Government and the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust reached agreement to jointly fund the Community Justice Group’s first three years of operations. The Group will receive coordination and capability building support from North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) before being transitioned to the proposed Local Council on Groote Eylandt, once established.