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Councils flag rate rise to fund land handback

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 11 January 2005

Council rates could rise to help fund a plan by four Adelaide councils to hand back unused Crown land to Aboriginal people.

Holdfast Bay, Marion, Onkaparinga and Yankalilla councils are discussing a proposal to give local Aborigines control over the management of some sites.

The four councils have met regularly over the past year to discuss a proposal which would see parcels of state government-owned land handed back to the Kaurna Yerta people.

Marion Mayor Felicity Ann Lewis says the plan would take around $100,000 a year to fund.

"Whether it comes out of council rates or a levy all of those things are up for negotiation," she said.

Ms Lewis says the plan will not go ahead until there is proper public consultation on the matter.

A State Government spokesman says while the Government welcomes any moves which further the cause of reconciliation in South Australia, it has not yet considered the proposal.

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