The Chairman, CEO, members and staff of the Northern Land Council mourn the passing of former NLC Executive Council member Mr L Norman, who had also represented the NLC as a representative for Borroloola since the 1990s.
Mr Norman was educated at Borroloola and St John's College in Darwin.
He was a revered Yanyula elder of the Mambaliya-Wawukarriya clan group who worked for many years with the Li-anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers and was instrumental in the establishment and operation of the Yanyuwa Indigenous Protected Area since 2011 and of which he was particularly proud.
Mr Norman was a long-term member of the Aboriginals Benefit Account, had served as Deputy Chairman of the Gulf Health Services and was a member of the Mawurli and Wirriwangkurna Aboriginal Corporation.
In 1988 he played a key role in the films Journey East (Buwarrala Akarriya) (1988), followed by Aeroplane Dance (Ka-wayawayama) (1994) and worked as a key advisor on many other projects that served to preserve and protect his beloved sea country.
Mr Norman also played an important role in ensuring that knowledge of and love for country was passed onto emerging generations of traditional owners and custodians of land and sea country.
Mr Norman will be sadly missed by all of us in the Northern Land Council family and we send our heartfelt condolences to Mr Norman's family, kin and friends.
He will be sadly missed by us all.
Publication: NT News