We are disappointed to hear that Joe Morrison has resigned as CEO of the Northern Land Council.
During his work at the NLC, Joe has been a strong and important voice on a wide range of matters that are important in advancing the interests of First Nations people.
He has also shown great capacity to work in a cooperative and appropriate way with governments, as well as private and corporate interests.
He has worked respectfully with First Nation people for the development and protection of their land and waters.
“Joe’s constructive approach has contributed to the many gains made by NLC during his time there, as well as the governance improvements he has driven. He has been a very skilled and constructive advocate in pursuing the instructions of traditional owners” said Warren Snowdon.
He is a person of great honesty and integrity, and has an excellent understanding of important cultural matters.
“Joe brought to the NLC a great knowledge of land and sea matters, due to his earlier work for North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management (NAILSMA). His fine work there and elsewhere is recognised by his honorary doctorate from the University of New South Wales” said Senator Dodson.
Joe’s departure will leave a hole that will be difficult to fill.
Yesterday, at the NLC meeting, we had the opportunity to thank him personally for his dedicated contribution to the NLC and the many people it represents.
We wish him well, and are sure his skills and help will be in ongoing demand.