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Land and culture has always been a central focus of the Pitjantjatjara Council, but as the needs of its members changed so the work of the Council broadened. In the early days the organisation came to serve a crucial function as a focus for organising campaigns and through its staff provided a range of services across the region. Pitjantjatjara Council staff included lawyers, anthropologists, engineers, accountants, administrators, horticulturalists and support staff who worked to provide services to individuals, communities, outstations and organisations on issues such as land rights, land management, work supervision, legal advice, community development advice, researching and coordination of women's groups and issues, economic development projects, water exploration, power exploration, community employment and management training, communications and welfare assistance. Several groups became independent during this time incliuding NPY Women's Council, Nganampa Health and APY. As these new organisations formed, services and responsibilities were handed over and in 2004 there was a complete restructuring of activities on the APY Lands.

Since that time the Pitjantjatjara Council has been managing the property, the Pitjantjatjara Council Resource Centre, in Alice Springs and has been concentrating its efforts and support on the Ara Irititja Project (see link above).



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