Tasmanian Aborigines want the State Government to hand over a proportion of land tax revenue.

Representatives from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre met Premier Lara Giddings this morning to discuss issues including heritage protection, education and land return.

Spokesman Clyde Mansell says they also raised concerns around funding for the Aboriginal community.

He says they have asked the Government to consider giving Aborigines five percent of the state’s land tax revenue, or around $4.3 million a year.

“That money would be invested into a community fund and provide the community with an opportunity in terms of land management,” he said.

“Provide the community with an opportunity in terms of land management and business development so we become less dependent on Government, so hopefully in a 15 year period we’ve got the Aboriginal community becoming more self sufficient and taking the burden as they say off the Government.”

The group has also put the return of six areas of land back on the agenda.

Mr Mansell says they want the return of 90,000 hectares of land across the state back on the agenda.

“They’re areas that have been on the agenda for quite a while and previous Labor governments give in-principle agreement to returning those areas, so we’re hopeful,” he said.

“They’re areas like Mt William National Park, Rocky Cape and some areas down the West Coast.”

The Premier Lara Giddings says the meeting was an important step in recommencing positive dialogue with the Aboriginal Community.

She has agreed to raise their ideas for discussion at the next Aboriginal Affairs Sub-Committee of Cabinet.

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