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Chris Gallus to visit Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands.



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CHRIS GALLUS, MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE Friday, 10 August 2001

Chris Gallus to visit Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands

Chris Gallus, the Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, will be in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara (AP) lands next week.

The AP lands are located in the Far north west of South Australia with small sections of the lands running into the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The lands are home to around 3,000 people from three major language groups - the Pitjantjatjara, the Ngaanyatjarra and the Yankunytjatjara who were granted inalienable title to the land in 1981. The Indigenous people living on the AP lands are commonly referred to as Anangu.

Mrs Gallus will be meeting with a number of organisations in Indulkana, Mimili, Fregon, Umuwa, Amata, Ernabella and Kenmore Park to discuss women’s issues, family violence, petrol sniffing, education, health and employment.

“During my time in the AP Lands I will be looking at a number of issues affecting the region and what communities are doing to address these.

“In particular I will be looking closely at what is being done to address family violence and the role women are playing in the region,” Mrs Gallus said

“I will also be meeting with the NPY Women’s Council to discuss the Regional Stores Policy which came about as a result of the councils studies into poor nutritional practices and health outcomes for the Anangu people.”

ENDS

For further comment contact: Chris Gallus on 0417 849 804

Please note - For a copy of itinerary please contact the office on (08) 8350 0022