New Wave

Paul Myers; 30/1/10; Weekend Australian Magazine

Gina Sebastian and Frederick Cox have never heard of Wave Hill or Vincent Lingiari, the Gurindji elder who led the epic 1966 Aboriginal walk-off from English aristocrat Lord Vestey’s Northern Territory cattle station. That momentous event, which changed the human landscape of the northern pastoral industry, occurred in another place and time, far removed from contemporary life and its limited opportunities in remote areas of the far north. But Sebastian, 26, and Cox, 18, are two striking examples of young indigenous people building a new future for themselves on country where the legendary skills of Aboriginal stockmen were forged from the mid-1800s. Beyond the good intentions of many, and the failure of governments to deliver meaningful careers for young Aborigines, indigenous people are taking it upon themselves to turn back the clock, if only nominally, to a time when station jobs were there for the taking and good stockmanship was second nature to any lithe youngster willing to get in the saddle.

Indigenous Land Corporation Training Properties.
– NORTHERN TERRITORY – Waliburru Mataranka, 323,200 ha
– WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Myroodah Derby,402,769 ha
Home Valley Kununurra, 248,939 ha
Roebuck Plains Broome, 282,823 ha
– QUEENSLAND – Crocodile-Welcome Laura, 124,518 ha
Urannah Nebo; 65,690 ha
Merepah Cape York, 186,479 ha
Bulimba Cape York, 279,298 ha
– TASMANIA – Murrayfield Bruny Island, 4,097 ha