Northern Land Council delegates voted yesterday to return Samuel Bush-Blanasi from Wugularr (Beswick) as chairman with Calvin Deveraux elected as deputy chair.
Barunga's Helen Lee remains the Katherine delegate on the executive council.
Speaking at the meeting held at Jabiru, Mr Bush-Blanasi said that he was humbled and proud to have received the endorsement of his fellow members and to be returned as chairman for a third term.
Mr Bush-Blanasi also welcomed the election of Mr Deveraux.
"I have served the Northern Land Council for more than 27 years, including as Deputy Chair for several terms, working with esteemed Yolngu leader Wali Wunungmurra, and I look forward to another three years of service to my home community and to the traditional owners and community members of the whole of the NLC region," Mr Bush-Blanasi said.
"I will continue the important work we have started with the NLC chief executive officer, Marion Scrymgour, who joined the NLC in May this year.
"There is a lot of work to be done and Marion has done a great job getting the NLC back on track."
Deputy chairman Calvin Deveraux said that: "I'm really looking forward to the challenges presented by the position of deputy chair of the NLC".
Mr Deveraux, who had previously served as an NLC Councillor in the early 2000s, represents the Darwin/Daly/Wagait region and at age 38 stands as a strong intergenerational change for the organisation.
Mrs Scrymgour welcomed the vote of confidence in Mr Bush-Blanasi by the NLC Full Council and congratulated him, Mr Deveraux and the new Executive Council, which is made up of members drawn from each of the NLC regions.
"I look forward to further developing the already constructive relationship with Samuel and the new Executive Council team at the NLC."
The 2019-2022 Full Council Chair, Deputy Chair and Executive Council positions:
NLC chairman: Samuel Bush-Blanasi
NLC deputy chair: Calvin Deveraux
NLC Executive Council:
Ngukurr region: Grace Daniels
East Arnhem region: Djawa Yunupingu
Victoria River District region: Brian Pedwell
Katherine region: Helen Lee
Darwin/Daly region: Bill Danks
West Arnhem region: Matthew Ryan
Borroloola/Barkly: Chris Neade.
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