Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Clontarf transferred to Indigenous Land Corporation

The historic Clontarf site in Perth has been transferred to the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC), to ensure it continues to deliver a wide range of benefits to Indigenous people in Western Australia.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today visited Clontarf, a 12.3 hectare freehold site on the banks of the Canning River, which was transferred to the ILC by the Christian Brothers.

“Clontarf is a culturally significant and iconic property for Indigenous people in Western Australia and will now be secured for future generations,” Ms Macklin said.

“It is now operated as a multi-use campus which accommodates a number of major Indigenous service delivery organisations involved in Indigenous education, training, sport, health, arts and culture.

“The Clontarf Campus includes the Abmusic Aboriginal Corporation, the 120-student Clontarf Aboriginal College, the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation and Marr Mooditj Training organisation.

“The successful Clontarf Football Academy and Clontarf Girls’ Academy also conduct sports-based programs on the site.

“I congratulate the Christian Brothers for gifting this land to the Indigenous Estate – it is a symbolic and practical demonstration of reconciliation.”

ILC Chairperson Dr Dawn Casey said ILC ownership will support and add value to the great benefits being delivered by Indigenous organisations based at Clontarf.

“Since the early 1990s the Christian Brothers had looked to return the land to the Indigenous Estate,” Dr Casey said.

“The ILC has worked hard to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership under its legislated responsibility to acquire and manage Indigenous-held land.

“ILC businesses and properties across Australia offer unique opportunities for Clontarf Campus graduates to gain exposure to a range of working and educational environments including hospitality, tourism, pastoral, recreation, health and fitness.”