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Read the latest edition of Land Rights News - Northern Edition

Australia's oldest Aboriginal newspaper, telling stories from remote Aboriginal lands across the Northern Territory.

Jan 6, 2023

NLC historic elections on the eve of 50th anniversary

The NLC made history today with delegates to the 124th Full Council meeting in Katherine voting to re-elect Samuel Bush-Blanasi as NLC Chair for a historic fourth term. Only one other person exceeds Dr Bush-Blanasi’s tenure as Chair of the Northern Land Council, the great Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM.

Dec 7, 2022

NLC Annual Report 2021-22

The Northern Land Council Annual Report 2021-22 provides a comprehensive account of the Council's performance from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022

Nov 10, 2022

Our Council

The NLC’s Full Council is the major decision-making body within the organisation. Full Council consists of 78 members, as well as five co-opted women’s positions, elected from across the NLC’s seven regions.

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Our Work

The most important responsibility of the NLC is to consult with traditional landowners and other Aboriginal peoples with an interest in affected land. Landowners must give informed consent before any action is taken to affect their lands and seas.

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Our Rangers

The NLC’s Caring for Country branch hosts 13 Indigenous ranger groups. The groups operate across almost 200,000 square kilometres of land owned by Aboriginal people in the NLC’s region.

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Our History

The NLC traces its roots back to the Aboriginal struggle for justice and land rights. In 1973 the Woodward Commission of Inquiry into the appropriate way to recognise Aboriginal land rights in the NT was announced. The NLC was formed in the same year to assist with the work of the Commission.

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