The Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) provides that Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) shall approve and implement a ‘Community Land and Business Plan’ (CLBP). The CLBP is the key statutory planning tool for LALCs under the ALRA.

The CLBP directs a LALC to focus on its  principle functions under the ALRA:

  • The objectives and strategy of the LALC in relation to the acquisition, management and development of land and other assets,
  • The objectives and strategy of the LALC in relation to the provision and management of community benefit schemes,
  • The objectives and strategy of the LALC in relation to business enterprises and investment,
  • The objectives and strategy of the LALC in relation to Aboriginal culture and heritage,
  • The objectives and strategy of the LALC in relation to other relevant matters.

“On behalf of the Board of the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, I am very pleased to present this Community Land and Business Plan.

This Plan marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of our Land Council.”

Athol Smith, Chairperson
“This plan reflects the values and ambitions of Deerubbin’s Board and its Members. It builds upon the success and the lessons of the last 30 years of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, both for Deerubbin and for the movement as a whole.”

Kevin Cavanagh, Chief Executive Officer

The Activities set out in this Plan will:

  • Strengthen the Aboriginal families of our area, across all generations, by supporting culture and heritage, employment, and education and recreation.
  • Provide greater support and dignity to families at times of death.
  • Build stronger and broader relationships with like minded organisations across our area.
  • Continuing our focus on housing, education and employment.
  • Continuing our focus on land claims and strategic land purchases.
  • Accelerating business development planning, particularly in relation to the four prioritised land projects and undertaking business activities in a professional, ethical and responsible way.
  • Maintaining organisation and financial sustainability.

About Deerubbins CLBP

The Aboriginal Community within our area is large and diverse, in circumstance and aspiration, and is growing. This Plan sets out 36 Objectives for Deerubbin from 2016 - 2019, across:

  • Aboriginal culture and heritage (Objectives 1-9).
  • The provision and management of community benefit schemes (Objectives 10-21). 
  • The acquisition, management and development of land and other assets (Objectives 22-29).
  • Business enterprises and investment (Objectives 30-36).

Enhanced Community Engagement

Enhanced community engagement and participation in community life by our members and Aboriginal people of Greater Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains is a particular focus of the Plan. Deerubbin will seek to do this by:

  • Strengthening and supporting Aboriginal people to grow in their Aboriginality buy providing greater opportunities and places for families to come together (Objective 1). This includes securing an interim community facility for use by members and other Aboriginal organisations; cultural camps and excursions; providing transport assistance; and planning for Deerubbin’s own multi-purpose community facility.
  • Better communication of Deerubbin’s activities, and about matters affecting the Aboriginal community of Greater Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains (Objective 3) 
  • Greater engagement with major sporting, educational, arts and cultural organisations of Greater Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains (Objective 4) , and with relevant State government agencies and local government (Objective 5).
  • Creating a new position (Family and Community Coordinator) to organise community events of all kinds, for both Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people (Objective 1, Objective 2, Objective 8) and remembrance (Objective 9, Objective 14). 
  • Recognising the importance of respect and dignity in death, and to provide greater comfort and security to families in relation to funerals and at times of commemoration and remembrance (Objective 9, Objective 14).
  • Developing and promoting a holistic understanding of the landscape, and its spiritual and cultural values, across Deerubbin’s area (Objective 22).

Land and Economic Development

The plan also sets out Deerubbin’s goals for responsible land and economic development in 2016-2019, which will underpin stronger and more direct focus on community development. The relevant Objective include:

Reviewing Deerubbins existing land holdings, and their potential uses; and how those uses may be enhanced or accessed (objective 23). Where appropriate, Deerubbin will seek to develop income streams from these land holdings.

Increased land management and property maintenance for land and housing (Objective 25).

Strategic acquisition of property (Objective 26) and land claims.

Identifying lands from Deerubbins existing land holdings which may be suitable for future residential development, including housing for Aboriginal people (Objective 28).


Four prioritised land projects are identified in the Plan. Comprehensive business planning will be undertaken for each of them. The prioritised land projects are:

  • The cemetery and funeral project;
  • The North Kellyville land (which is proposed to be dispose of in order to fund the other aspects of the Plan);
  • Sand extraction and other complementary uses of the South Maroota lands (Objective 31); and
  • Adaptive use of complementary developments of Parramatta Gaol and adjoining lands.

Deerubbin will also:

  • Investigate options for the long - term application of Maroota and Londonderry lands (Objective 27).
  • Develop a commercial business strategy based around the conservation, bio-diversity offset and environmental application of Deerubbins existing holdings (Objective 30); and
  • Seek to expand its existing cultural heritage, and land and property management businesses (Objectives 33 and 34).

More specific details for each Objective, and the Strategies to achieve them, are set out in the next section of this Plan.