Tricia Button breaks new ground at ILC

Tricia Button has been appointed the new deputy chief executive officer of the Indigenous Land Corporation — the first Indigenous woman to hold the job.

Mrs Button joined the ILC in 2015 as the divisional manager of the eastern division and was later appointed executive director for program delivery, driving land acquisitions, management, holding and grants Australia-wide.

She has also had more than 20 years’ experience working in state and federal government.

In her new role as deputy CEO, Mrs Button will focus on ILC operations and its mandate to deliver land acquisition and management while maintaining a commitment to cultural and environmental protection of Indigenous assets.

These will include making a greater impact across Indigenous Australia by establishing new opportunities for the ILC within agribusiness, tourism, niche markets, renewables and urban investment.

“We have a role to take our economic and social impact to another level – 40 per cent of the country is in Indigenous hands,” Mrs Button said.

“Protecting that cultural knowledge and intellectual property is extremely privileged work.

“Central to supporting Indigenous groups is land ownership and management and the rights, benefits and opportunities they bring.

“As the peak agency for managing the Indigenous estate, we empower Indigenous Australians by linking them with global markets and real economic opportunities, hence fostering cultural and community outcomes.”

Mrs Button is Kungarakan (Finniss River) and Warumungu (Tennant Creek) with large and extended family connections throughout the Northern Territory.

ILC CEO John Maher said the board was pleased to announce Mrs Button’s promotion to the role and looked forward to working closely with her to deliver the ILC’s strategic repositioning agenda in 2018.

“Tricia’s appointment signals the renewed focus on our core mandate, as the new Board and Executive challenges the ILC to reset its agenda to strategically invest in Indigenous-held land to foster prosperity and empowerment for Indigenous Australians,” Mr Maher said.

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