Laynha is a member based association of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of North-East Arnhem Land). The Laynhapuy homelands are on Aboriginal land held as inalienable freehold title by the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Lands Trust under the Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory) 1976.
In the early 1970’s, senior Yolngu leaders and their extended families began moving away from the mission communities and the expanding mining town, to return to their traditional clan lands around Arnhem Land. This homelands movement was a Yolngu initiative, instigated before any government support for such movements. They cleared land for airstrips and built their own houses with assistance of Ngapaki (non-Indigenous people), using timber from their land.
The clan elders aspired to determine their own future, conduct their affairs according to Yolngu law and live and raise their children on their traditional land. Their vision was to develop sustainable, self sufficient homelands for themselves, their families and future generations. That vision is still strong and relevant today.
Laynha supports homelands communities through:
- Land and sea management through Yirralka Rangers
- Health and Community Services
- Housing maintenance, infrastructure, essential and municipal services
- Aviation, transport and logistic services
- Partnerships to support employment and training opportunities, culture and community, and economic development
- Representing and promoting Laynhapuy homelands
- Leadership and good governance.