The National Native Title Council (NNTC) is today mourning the passing of Mr Neil Gillespie, human rights advocate and outspoken activist for Aboriginal rights in Australia.
“Mr Gillespie was not only a strong advocate for his people, but he was also a hard working and passionate supporter of Aboriginal rights,” said Brian Wyatt, CEO of the National Native Title Council.
“Mr Gillespie will be sorely missed from our human rights community, particularly in native title and justice circles. He was one of the first Directors of the National Native Title Council who helped set the agenda for our advocacy work both domestically and internationally,” said Mr Wyatt.
During his tenure with the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, Mr Gillespie was fully committed to fighting for the rights of Traditional Owners to be fully recognised and acknowledged, not only his home state of South Australia, but across Australia.
“He helped to raise the profile of Aboriginal justice in this country and his contribution to our agenda was significant,” said Mr Wyatt.
“Mr Gillespie will be remembered for his strength and commitment to justice.
“On behalf of all members of the National Native Title Council I would like to pass on our deepest sympathy and condolences to Mr Gillespie’s family”.
The NNTC is the peak body for native title representative bodies and service providers.