Our Home - Our Story - Our Future
Our Story - Our Vision
The Ilpeye Ilpeye community is home to Arrernte Traditional Owners and Custodians of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). We maintain ‘Anwerne-Kenhe’ in accordance with our cultural role as ‘Kwertengerle’ (Caretakers of Country). The Ilpeye Ilpeye Aboriginal Corporation (IIAC) - incorporated in 1978 - is the representative body of the Ilpeye Ilpeye community in Alice Springs.
Ilpeye Ilpeye community through IIAC collaboratively works to:
Improve the standard of living and well-being of community residents;
Transition from community leasehold to freehold land title;
Establish the community as a new residential estate of Alice Springs;
Manage community land, infrastructure and built environment;
Invest in capacity building and development of community residents;
Pursue home ownership, expand local Aboriginal employment, and
Partner with organisations, industry and agencies to meet objectives and maximise opportunities for economic development.
Our Home - Our Land
The Ilpeye Ilpeye community is - always was and will be - our home and our land. In 1986 we obtained Crown Lease of our land. In 2009 we negotiated Crown Lease to transition into freehold. Over a decade later, in 2022, we gained freehold title - a first for Alice Springs and the Northern Territory.
The freehold land title allows for the first time, community residents, elders and leaders to decide how best to develop our own land, own our homes and maintain our community; we self-determine our own future!
Our Country - Our Future
Through ownership, control and active management of residential estate and country, the Ilpeye Ilpeye community can achieve self-determination on their land. In time, community elders and leaders are able to transition traditional ways and protocols, ownership responsibility, caring for country knowledge to our children and their children - to the next generations.
Future generations to continue the legacy of controlling, managing their own Indigenous-held land, and then pass it onto those coming after them.
Ilpeye Ilpeye in Central Arrernte means Needle Bush Tree
The Ilpeye Ilpeye Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, work and meet and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, to the Elders past and present, and emerging leaders.