NQLIRA 6 months on

September 2019

Chairman and CEO of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Reconstruction Agency (NQLIRA) at Lawn Hill Station inspecting the restocking program. In September 2019, 6 months after the event, Shane Stone, Advisory Board members and Agency staff drove over 4,400kms through much of North and North West Queensland. All NQLIRA staff were obligated to participate in such visits to get dirt under their nails, mud on their boots and travel the vast distances to understand the remoteness and challenges of Northern Australia. NQLIRA is committed to engaging with indigenous stakeholders to support and encourage participation in the agricultural sector. In 1997 the Lawn Hill Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Co (LHRPHC) was created with ownership of the 539,000ha pastoral properties Lawn Hill and Riversleigh stations split between mining company New Century Resources (formerly Century Mine) (49%) and Waanyi Advancement Limited (51%). The Waanyi people (indigenous to the NT and the Gulf), are on track to assume 100% ownership of Lawn Hill and Riversleigh cattle stations on the Gregory River, south of Burketown. The aim is to provide economic independence for the Waanyi people while providing training and employment opportunities for Waanyi Youth. Shane Stone and Advisory Board members Don Heatley OAM and David Galvin, with Lawn Hill Station indigenous ringers Gerald Aplin, Lleyton Toby, Tristan Toby and Javan Ah-wing. 

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