NSW Aboriginal Land Council: Five candidates stand for central region

NSW Local Aboriginal Land Council chairman Stephen Ryan is not running for another term. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
NSW Local Aboriginal Land Council chairman Stephen Ryan is not running for another term. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Elections were held on Saturday to determine the region's new representative on the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

Five candidates are standing in the Central region - which covers from Mudgee to Nyngan.

From the Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council there is Craig Britt, Grace Toomey and Anthony Amatto, while Neville Brown and Barry Smith are from Wellington.

The current representative is Stephen Ryan, who will not be running for the position again.

The NSWALC elections will be on Saturday with 10 polling booths open across the region.

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There are nine regions across NSW.

The councillors chosen for each region will help set the strategic direction of NSWALC and make decisions on issues affecting Aboriginal people.

"It is Australia's largest Aboriginal representative body, it advocates strongly for the interests and rights of Aboriginal people across a broad range of issues. These roles as councillors aren't easy roles, they're full time," NSWALC CEO James Christian said.

"We have over many years had people representing us on the council who've been of the highest calibre."

The enrollments for the election closed on September 9.

Postal votes must be received by the NSW Electoral Commission by Wednesday, December 4.

More information on submitting a postal vote is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

The results for the nine regions are expected to be declared on December 6.