'The hand-back ceremony began with a warning from one of the Nukunu elders:
"There will be tears today".
In fact, there were a few tears of joy as Zarna Carter, a non-Indigenous
landholder, freely gave the Nukunu Wapma Thura (NWT) Aboriginal Corporation her
12.1-hectare (30-acre) property in the Flinders Ranges.
As a result, Ms Carter has been welcomed into the Nukunu nation's family and
was called Aunty by the elders.
About 30 people attended a hand-back ceremony recently where Aunty Zarna
officially signed the property over to the NWT.
She said she had the idea for the transfer after she wanted to environmentally
rehabilitate the area but realised it might be beyond her.
"I wanted the best for this country and the best way was to involve them — and
it seemed like that was the most respectful way — was to actually give that
back to them, which was always theirs anyway," she said.'
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