Declaration of election result: NSW Aboriginal Land Council

14 November, 2015

4 November 2015

Declaration of election result: NSW Aboriginal Land Council

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) welcomes the election of nine Councillors following elections held on Saturday, 31 October.

Three new Councillors were elected - in Northern, South Coast and Western regions - with six retaining their positions.

Following declaration of election results by the NSW Electoral Commission, the Council will comprise:

  • Central - Cr Stephen Ryan (Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council)
  • Mid-North Coast - Cr Peter Smith (Purfleet-Taree)
  • North Coast - Cr Tina Williams (Ngulingah)
  • North-Western - Cr Anne Dennis (Walgett)
  • Northern - Cr Charles Lynch (Nungaroo)
  • South Coast - Cr Danny Chapman (Mogo)
  • Sydney/Newcastle - Cr Roy Ah-See (Darkinjung)
  • Western - Cr William Murray (Wilcannia)
  • Wiradjuri - Cr Craig Cromelin (Murrin Bridge)

Electoral figures for each region are available at

The new Council will convene its first formal meeting on Wednesday, 18 November, following an information session for Councillors on Tuesday, 17 November.

Councillors will also elect a Chair and Deputy Chair to lead NSWALC.

On behalf of the Land Rights network, I thank outgoing Councillors - Tom Briggs in Northern Region, who did not contest the election, Des Jones in Western Region and Jack Hampton in South Coast region - for their contribution.

Tom Briggs, Des Jones and Jack Hampton served NSWALC admirably, providing great stability, local leadership and strong decision-making.

As Councillors, Tom Briggs, Des Jones and Jack Hampton provided great leadership to Aboriginal people in their regions.

I'm sure they will continue to be active in further strengthening the best Land Rights system in Australia.

Lesley Turner

Chief Executive Officer


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.