The first board of directors has been appointed to South Australian Native Title Services.

The inaugural chairperson is Tauto Sansbury who has worked as a consultant with the State Government’s Social Inclusion Unit

“The new board’s role is to provide services to solve complex legal and social issues, build sustainable relationships with other multiple land users and build the socio-economic capacity of the Aboriginal community.

Other board members are Ian Procter – Representative of State and Territory Housing Departments, Lucy Evans, Allan Hunter, Darcy O’Shea – Barrister/ Solicitor, Paul Case, and Andrea Nicholls who has been Assistant Director of GidjaClub Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care.

“The board and I are looking forward to building strong and lasting relationships with the Aboriginal community of South Australia and the wider community”, said Sansbury..

“Aboriginal people have been progressively dispossessed of our lands and waters, without compensation. The consequence of this has made us the most disadvantaged section of South Australian society. I’m looking forward to helping to turn that around”, said Mr. Sansbury.

SANTS CEO, Parry Agius has welcomed Mr Sansbury’s appointment saying he looked forward to working with him.

“SANTS, the state government and peak bodies are showing South Australia is leading the way nationally in redressing historical issues with contemporary solutions using the Native Title Act,” said Mr Agius. 

SANTS is an independent body providing Native Title Services to the Aboriginal community of South Australia.

SANTS will undertake its responsibilities for the benefit of the Aboriginal community, and in particular to ensure the preservation, protection and promotion of native title.