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NORFOLK ISLAND CULTURAL STRATEGIC PLAN 2014-2018 Prepared for and endorsed by The Norfolk Island Council of Elders (the Council)


The Cultural Strategic Plan 2014-2018 was formally presented by the Council to the Minister with responsibility for Culture, Ms Robin Adams JP, on 18 February 2014.  The Plan was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island on 19 March 2014 and the following motion passed by the Parliament on 16 April 2014:

THAT, having noted the Cultural Vision, the Critical Success Factors and the Action Plan contained within the Norfolk Island Cultural Strategy 2014 - 2018 prepared for and endorsed by the Norfolk Island Council of Elders and tabled by the Minister for Cultural Heritage and Community Services, this House supports the Minister engaging with the Commonwealth, the Council of Elders and the community on the progression of this overarching cultural strategy for Norfolk Island.


COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE.

1. How can we ensure all cultural traditions and practices in the Norfolk Island Community are recognised and acknowledged?

By the recognition of the NORFOLK ISLAND CULTURAL STRATEGIC PLAN 2014 - 2018 as endorsed by the PEOPLE of Norfolk Island.


It  must also be recognised that the Pitcairn Island people who landed on Norfolk island in 1856 and their descendants are the  pioneers having populated and preserved the island for the past 160 years.


By the involvement in heritage management by local people who have a wealth of traditional knowledge and experience.


More coverage of relevant happenings on radio and in the local paper by local people, eg Bounty day Thanksgiving day.


More coverage in overseas papers or by social media.

 

2. What strategies should be in place to uphold, respect, promote and encourage customs, culture, histories and traditions of all cultures and their contribution to the Norfolk Island way of life?

Recognition of the archaeological, historical, aesthetic, architectural, scientific, natural, cultural and social heritage of Norfolk Island.


The involvement in heritage management by local people who have a wealth of traditional knowledge and experience.


Respect for local law eg importation of produce.


Reinstate immigration control to a local body, or at least have a great degree of local input

Have road signs in Norfolklanguage

 

3. How can we support cultural expression by people from all backgrounds living on Norfolk Island?

By the involvement in heritage management by local people who have a wealth of traditional knowledge and experience.


Have a multicultural day at least once per year  as was done in past years.


4. What contemporary events should we encourage and support?

Supporting and encouraging all events including sporting events not any single event as Norfolk Island has a great sporting history. The cricket pitch at Kingston is the oldest cricket pitch in the Southern Hemisphere still being played on.


Help and support all people/agencies in their endeavours to bring groups to Norfolk such as Bowling, Tennis, Golf Archery, Painting groups,  Country music, Theatre and many other group associations.


5. Make a list of customs and/or cultural activities that are important to you?

There were 25 documented by the Norfolk Island Council of Elders and supplied to the Chair, Advisory Council with copies to the Federal Minister and the Administrator  in 2015.


Traditional activities and participation in events which have a special association with the Norfolk Island community for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.


Our unique historical commemorative days as continuing annual public holiday celebrations.

 

6. What do you see as Norfolk’s most significant built heritage assets? eg. historical buildings

Communal ownership of our heritage and commemorative objects which have shaped and identified Norfolk Island community.


Norfolk Island as a whole including the people is a heritage asset not just  buildings. Buildings without the people represents desolation .


Many of the houses on Norfolk are built on similar lines to the way it was done from Pitcairn and influenced also by many early Australian built houses as well as New Zealand. I feel they should be recognised.

 

7. How do you identify with or use these significant built heritage assets?

Community awareness about heritage values and giving opportunities for community members to contribute and be informed.

We live in one.


I also feel that the long established laws of not building any higher than two stories should be observed forever.

 

8. What do you think is currently being done well to support the Heritage and Culture of Norfolk Island?

Nothing by any of the governing authorities. 


All the support is coming from the associations/ groups such as the Community Arts, Baunty Beauties, sporting clubs, touring companies etc.

Not much at all by the Commonwealth.


Community Arts is doing a fabulous job in promoting our Culture and I would like to see more help being given to the group.

 

9. What do you think could be done better to support the Heritage and Culture of Norfolk Island?

Promotion of our Norfolk Island heritage, the way we live, our traditions, customs, history and values - ensuring at all times authenticity when marketing our heritage.


Sharing stories of our significant places, customs and activities which connect to heritage places on our island.


Endorsement of practical local knowledge and skills in relation to heritage customs, traditions and activities.


Involvement of the youth, their views and involvement in decision -making  regarding our heritage values, places and objects.


The appointment of a long overdue Norfolk Island Cultural  Officer.


More help in the area of the environment because without the natural beauty that we are surrounded by Norfolk would not be the beautiful place that it is.


Our oceans are Gods gift to all people and as such it must be protected and used wisely.

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Norfolk Island will be hosting visiting MP's from UK


This week Norfolk Island will be welcoming and hosting visiting MP’s and support staff from the Parliament of United Kingdom. Through this publication we welcome:

Andrew Rosindell MP

Ms Paula Sherriff MP

Mr Daniel Kawczynski MP

Mr Lloyd Mattingley PA

Mr Billy Taylor  PR

Since November last year there has been steady dialogue between Norfolk Island and members of the British Parliament. Following a presentation at Westminster last year, Andrew Rosindell MP published information in the Norfolk Islander providing his feedback and support. An invitation to visit Norfolk Island was sent toward the end of 2015 and during June this year a report was provided to MP’s in Westminster and the invitation to visit the island was discussed in detail culminating in an agreed timing and commitment to a neutral evaluation of the islands situation.

Upon our return from London, we identified that Norfolk Island has many friends who are keen to listen and act, this week’s visitation and engagement with community is testament to that fact.

Member of Westminster Parliamentary visit timetable

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

0900

NI People for Democracy

0900

Australian Gov   representatives

0900

CoE & NIPD

1100

Rep group

Presentations

Rep Group

PM

2:00

Air NZ arrival

Land owners -Primary production

Rep meetings

2:25

Depart Air NZ

Check-In. Famil tour

Rep meeting

Industry Reps

4:30

Council of Elders

Rep meeting

Key Org Groups

5:30

Community Welcome Dinner

Cultural discussion

5:30

Community Meeting Rawson Hall

The program above is summarised to give some insight into the meetings and groups.

As a community we would ask that as many people as possible attend the meeting at Rawson Hall on Thursday at 5:30pm. There will be an introduction and presentations from the Council of Elders, an opportunity for presentation from the UK MP’s and visitors, as well as an opportunity to engage in community dialogue regarding the progression and process imposed on the island to date.

Yours Sincerely

Albert Buffett

Andre Nobbs

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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS INFORMATION BULLETIN JULY 2016



Importation of Fruit & Vegetables

Following up on significant concerns expressed from within the community to the change of policy in respect of importation of primary produce into the Island; the Council hosted an Open Meeting on 26 June to bring together stakeholders and facilitate a coordinated response to the appropriate authorities. The meeting was well attended with nearly 100 people present, representing the broad spectrum of Island and Industry stakeholders. This forum allowed people to share knowledge and information, discuss concerns, and collectively articulate a professional local response. A formal letter has now been sent to the responsible Federal Minister and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources which includes copies of all written submissions received following the open meeting. The Council will continue to lobby authorities on this matter until a satisfactory review is achieved and stakeholder consultation is given genuine due process.


Progress to reinstate Self-Determination

The Council supported by a now global network of professional and cultural champions, continues the effort towards reinstating Self-Determination. Momentum is building, helped along by international media interest, and as local awareness shifts to recognising how the changes continue to dismantle important parts of our way of life, erode deeply held values and impact upon our livelihood. Some important initiatives are in train at the moment and information will be published shortly. Opportunity to speak with recently elected Independents’ offers hope of moving to a conciliatory working relationship with the Australian Government where the parties genuinely commit to working together respectfully to hear and address local concerns.


Forward Focus Workshop

To support shaping a future Norfolk Island wants to see, the Council wants to engage with the community and particularly the younger generations to share ideas and define important detail to rebuild our sense of People, Place and Community. These are important discussions that need to be had and it is important new thinking and involvement is brought into the mix to enable continued regeneration, building of respect and confidence as a People, and broadening of our community foundations. The workshop is to be held Thursday 28th July at the Guide Hall – more details will be published in next week’s paper.


Contacting the Council

The Council of Elders can be contacted by email

president@councilofelders.nlk.nf or secretary@councilofelders.nlk.nf

Or by phone President Albert Buffett on 22511.


Members of the Council are Robyn Butterfield, Colleen Crane, Edie Christian, Edith Christian, Helen Dowling, Gaye Evans, Mera Martin, Jan Nobbs, Albert Buffett (President) Joe Adams, Ken Christian (Deputy President), David Evans, Roy Nobbs, Shane McCoy (Executive), Lew Quintal (Executive) and Rosco Quintal.

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THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL...NORFOLK ISLAND IS ON THE SIDE OF RIGHT


On the 1st of July the Council of Elders President, Mr Albert Buffett and Andre Nobbs stepped off Air New Zealand’s aircraft, having arrived home after a three week journey from Norfolk to New Zealand, New Zealand to the United Kingdom, United Kingdom to Sydney and then back home. Given the situation on Norfolk Island with the full imposition of Australian Government changes supposed to take effect from the 1st of July, you would have expected a degree of depression and sadness as these two gents stepped into the NI airport arrivals… that was not the case, and for good reason! 


To present a broad overview of the work done during the journey, it should be understood that the ground work for many of the meetings had been laid in advance, in some cases almost two years prior to Albert and Andre setting off from home. There has been a steady flow of written communications, video and teleconferencing with lead agencies inclusive of human rights, United Nations, legal and political advisors as well as affiliate organisations supporting the people of Norfolk Island having the protective framework and adherence to international covenants that we are entitled to.


Prior to arrival in NZ Albert and Andre (A&A) had provided a video “Case study of Norfolk Island” for the UN Conference on decolonisation, the video was well received and enabled conference attendees to engage with the issues on NI. While in NZ A&A participated in NI support functions, meetings with UN officials, Pacific island leaders, Maori organisations and participated in numerous radio and TV interviews. An agreement between the Council of Elders and other islands was commenced to “join hands” and expand the voice of each of the islands – with more islands now committing to memorandums of understanding to expand our message and profile.


Arriving in UK, A&A were greeted by the full support of every agency/organisation and political representative – Throughout the many meetings, not one official indicated we were not on the right track. A&A met with High Commissioners, Consular staff, UN agency heads, Human Rights Chairman, Peace federation, Legal and Constitutional Advisors and representatives for the British Overseas Territories specifically to discuss the UN petition commenced in April, the HRC case commenced in June, the international legal process through the International Court of Justice and a range of other initiatives.


To be completely clear; Each and every official and representative supported our progression through the above methodologies and condemned the actions of the Australian Government.  The view from international representatives was that the actions of the Australian Government seen across many areas internationally were not positive and often breached ICCPR covenants. We were encouraged to continue using all of the processes available and to be aware that it may be necessary to bring a more international exposure to the actions of the previous Australian Government – in many cases they offered to assist in any way should we require it.


Council of Elders would like to thank the community for its continued support. We are on the right track, senior international representatives are helping and we now need to continue working together and remain confident that the people of Norfolk Island are not alone.


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IMPORTATION OF FRUIT & VEGETABLES INTO NORFOLK ISLAND



Following the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources public meeting earlier this week, and the widespread objection to imminent importation of previously prohibited fresh food items; the Council of Elders will officially respond to the relevant Australian Government authorities in respect of the Officers claim there is no evidence of opposition to this change in Norfolk Island.

If you would like to have your concerns included with the Council’s submission you are invited to attend an open meeting this Sunday and contribute.

WHERE:    Governor’s Lodge Conference Room

WHEN:      Sunday 26 June 2016
Commencing:     1.00 pm

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER YOUR CONCERNS

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COMMUNITY NOTICE



Council of Elders &

Minister’s Fraternal of Norfolk Island

Invite the Community to a Combined Churches Prayer Service of love and support the theme “A Time for Healing” and developed around the

“Prayer of John Adams”

The Program includes;

  • Welcome and Introduction | Rev. David Fell
  • A Prayer for Peace | Rev. Ros Bond
  • Singing of Hymns
  • A prayer for wisdom and faith | Pastor Dion Fourie
  • A prayer for governments | Dean Don (St. Marys)
  • A prayer for forgiveness and the future | Rev. David Fell

When:        THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2016

Where:      ALL SAINTS CHURCH

Commencing:   4:00 PM

ALL VERY WELCOME

“A Time for Healing”

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INVITATION TO A COMBINED CHURCH SERVICE


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NORFOLK ISLAND COMMUNITY MEETING


MONDAY 18TH APRIL 5:30PM RAWSON HALL

 

This is an invitation to join a public meeting and be informed on a range of important matters relating to current issues and other important issues regarding the future of Norfolk Island.

Presenters will include:

THE NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS

THE NORFOLK ISLAND PRIVATE SECTOR REP’S

HEALTH REPRESENTATIVES

NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY

MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

THE NORFOLK ISLAND FISHING ASSOCIATION

ACCOMMODATION AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION

Presenters will be discussing issues such as:

The economic impact of the imposed changes; Information relating to Fisheries, United Nations process and progress and information on the commencement of the UN self-determination campaign; Strategic and financial planning for Norfolk Island’s future, timelines for each initiative; who is involved; how you can be involved and much more..

 

 We look forward to seeing you all at Rawson Hall on the 18th at 5:30pm. 

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COMMUNITY REGENERATION SURVEY


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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS SURVEY FORMS


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COUNCIL OF ELDERS & BOB NEVILLE COMMUNITY SURVEY



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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS INFORMATION BULLETIN FEBRUARY 2016


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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS PRESENTATION TO HON. PAUL FLETCHER MP




















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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS NOTICE OF THANKS



The Council of Elders wishes to thank the Norfolk Island community for their over whelming support to the historic documents and artefacts exhibition held on Monday 28th.


The response has been extremely positive and we now have a tremendous amount of work still to do, documenting private collections, collating, etc.


Due to the support shown by the community and suggestions made it is anticipated/ hoped to do another display towards Bounty time.


The Council of Elders appreciates all the work, assistance and expert advice by the volunteers and especially to Trish Magri, Lisa Richards, Andre Nobbs and the Norfolk Island Museum.

 

Albert Buffett

President

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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS INFORMATION BULLETIN DECEMBER 2015




Council Outreach – assistance to NIPD

In its’ role to promote, preserve and protect the culture, traditions and heritage, the Council acknowledges the significant membership of over one thousand members to Norfolk Island People for Democracy (NIPD) and our common interest in the heritage of the Norfolk Islanders.

The Council has determined it is important that representation is present by the Council of Elders on the committee of NIPD and President of the Council, Mr Albert Buffett holds that appointment. This association is to ensure the promotion, preservation and protection of our culture, traditions and heritage, is at the forefront of all decisions made by NIPD and that close and current communication is always available, particularly in these days when so many of our people are suffering stress and concern for the future of their beloved Island. The Council enjoys communication with the Office of the Administrator and the Advisory Council and is committed to strong representation in respect to the culture, traditions and heritage of the Norfolk Islanders.

Important Event - Monday 28 December 2015

The Council will open Rawson Hall on Monday 28th December and calls on the community to assist with the development of a comprehensive register of all known historic documents and artefacts of relevance to settlement from Pitcairn Island in 1790, Norfolk Island in 1856 to the present.

This is an important effort to catalogue tangible evidence of Norfolk Islanders heritage, governance and culture. The inventory will serve to inform locally and externally our story and of our people.


Where people are happy to share their historic treasures these will be displayed for public viewing during the afternoon. If you prefer to have your items confidentially recorded that is possible too –by contacting President Albert Buffett on tp 22511. With the generous assistance of Trish Magri, Lisa Richards and Andre Nobbs who are supporting the Council, this promises to be an exciting event and a wonderful opportunity for those home over Christmas to connect with fascinating parts of our heritage perhaps some things unknown. Please be generous in sharing anything you have that is in anyway relevant so we can ensure future generations have available this information that brings broad knowledge and awareness of our history.


Thank you to Governor’s Lodge

The Council meets at least once a month and are most grateful to Kerry-Ann and her friendly staff for the gratuitous use of the conference facilities at Governor’s Lodge. Our sincere thanks to you Kerry-Ann.


Meetings in the New Year

The New Year is already shaping up to be a busy one for the Council with visits in January by Professor Douglas Askman from Hawaii Pacific University and later Federal Minister Hon Paul Fletcher MP.

We will of course keep the community abreast of our discussions throughout the new year.


COUNCIL OF ELDERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.

The year 2015 will be remembered by many of us as a very trying year; of doubt and uncertainty. On the brighter side many family members return home to enjoy Christmas and New Year together with loved ones.

The Council extends their best wishes to the Norfolk Island community and visitors too and shares with you this blessing “Luck of the Irish”

The Light of the Christmas Star to you

The warmth of home and hearth to you

The cheer and good will of friends to you

A shamrock blessing now for you

Good friends, good times, good health to you

And the luck of the Irish in all to you.

And pray at Christmas time that the Lord will hold you in his hands and never clench His fist too tight


If you would like to contact the Council of Elders email

president@councilofelders.nlk.nf or secretary@councilofelders.nlk.nf

Or you can call President Albert Buffett on ( 22511


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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS INFORMATION BULLETIN NOVEMBER 2015




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NORFOLK ISLAND HERITAGE SUBMISSION


Dear Sir,


For general information attached is the list of 25 submissions with relevant Acts and  attachments stating Norfolk Island’s Unique Heritage that was forwarded to Melissa Ward, Chair, Norfolk Island Advisory Council. Receipts of the submissions have all been acknowledged by the Chair, and  all of which the Council of Elders unanimously supports the submissions put forth as supplementary information to our initial submission to Assistant Minister Briggs.


I have today also received the following assurances on Norfolk Island’s cultural practices from the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development;


“The cultural practices outlined in your attachment will not be impacted by the economic and governance reform process that is currently underway and I assure you that the same legal protections for Norfolk Island’s heritage places will continue to apply.”


“Further, as expressed by the Hon Gary Hargrave, Norfolk Island Administrator, earlier this year, broader cultural practices across the island relating to public holidays, craft, fishing and language will continue to remain in place. These cultural practices are central to the long term sustainability of the island’s rich cultural history.”


Copies were also sent to the Hon. Gary Hargrave, Administrator Norfolk Island and Peter Gesling, Executive Director, Administration of Norfolk Island.


The genesis/ origin of Norfolk Island’s unique heritage, many commencing in the 1790s will now be added and once completed will be published.


Albert F. Buffett

Chair – Norfolk Island Council of Elders.


Norfolk Island Heritage submissions.


Aged Care - facilities


Arts – Grants eligibility & Churchill Scholarship


Cattle    + references- Cattle on Norfolk Island – our heritage & Traditions.


Child  Welfare & Protection


Conservation of Norfolk Heritage Land & Sea + MOU Norfolk Island Fisheries Management Policy 2009


Cultural  Anthropology & Sociology - Reciprocity


Cultural Activity – whale bird egg collection


Environment


Fishing   +references -Norfolk Island Marine Safety Act 2013


Free Burials includes NI Administration Policy Guideline –CMG Circular Number 2.1


Heritage


Heritage - Norfolk Island Moveable Heritage Objects + references - Norfolk Island Museum Trust Act 1987 +

                   References - Norfolk Island Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1987, Norfolk Island Heritage Act

    2002, Norfolk Island Cultural Strategic Plan   2014-2018


Immigration


Land                     + references - Absentee Landowners Levy Act 1976, Conveyancing Act 1913, Crown Land Act 1996,    

 Titles act 1996, Community Tile Act 2015


Language            + reference -Norfolk Island Language (Norf’k) Act 2004


Law


Local Knowledge & Skills – Lighterage


Norfolk Flag


Norfolk Island Planning Act +reference - Planning Act 2002, Planning Regulations 2004


Norfolk Island Postage Stamps    +reference - Postal Services Act 1983, Postal Services Amendment Act 1994


Pacific & Commonwealth Games


Tourism


Volunteers


Youth Advisory Council


Youth Assembly -Traffic Act – Motor bike

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NORFOLK ISLAND HERITAGE SUBMISSIONS


For general information attached is the list of 25 submissions with relevant Acts and  attachments stating Norfolk Island’s Unique Heritage that was forwarded to Melissa Ward, Chair, Norfolk Island Advisory Council. Receipts of the submissions have all been acknowledged by the Chair, and  all of which the Council of Elders unanimously supports the submissions put forth as supplementary information to our initial submission to Assistant Minister Briggs.


I have today also received the following assurances on Norfolk Island’s cultural practices from the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development;


“The cultural practices outlined in your attachment will not be impacted by the economic and governance reform process that is currently underway and I assure you that the same legal protections for Norfolk Island’s heritage places will continue to apply.”


“Further, as expressed by the Hon Gary Hargrave, Norfolk Island Administrator, earlier this year, broader cultural practices across the island relating to public holidays, craft, fishing and language will continue to remain in place. These cultural practices are central to the long term sustainability of the island’s rich cultural history.”


Copies were also sent to the Hon. Gary Hargrave, Administrator Norfolk Island and Peter Gesling, Executive Director, Administration of Norfolk Island.


The genesis/ origin of Norfolk Island’s unique heritage, many commencing in the 1790s will now be added and once completed will be published.


Albert F. Buffett

Chair – Norfolk Island Council of Elders.


Norfolk Island Heritage submissions.

Aged Care - facilities


Arts – Grants eligibility & Churchill Scholarship


Cattle + references- Cattle on Norfolk Island – our heritage & Traditions.


Child  Welfare & Protection


Conservation of Norfolk Heritage Land & Sea + MOU Norfolk Island Fisheries Management Policy 2009


Cultural  Anthropology & Sociology - Reciprocity


Cultural Activity – whale bird egg collection


Environment


Fishing +references -Norfolk Island Marine Safety Act 2013


Free Burials includes NI Administration Policy Guideline –CMG Circular Number 2.1


Heritage


Heritage - Norfolk Island Moveable Heritage Objects + references - Norfolk Island Museum Trust Act 1987 +

               References - Norfolk Island Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1987, Norfolk Island Heritage Act

               2002, Norfolk Island Cultural Strategic Plan   2014-2018


Immigration


Land + references - Absentee Landowners Levy Act 1976, Conveyancing Act 1913, Crown Land Act 1996, Titles act 1996, Community Tile Act 2015


Language + reference -Norfolk Island Language (Norf’k) Act 2004


Law


Local Knowledge & Skills – Lighterage


Norfolk Flag


Norfolk Island Planning Act +reference - Planning Act 2002, Planning Regulations 2004


Norfolk Island Postage Stamps    +reference - Postal Services Act 1983, Postal Services Amendment Act 1994


Pacific & Commonwealth Games


Tourism


Volunteers


Youth Advisory Council 


Youth Assembly -Traffic Act – Motor bike


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