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Striking a fair balance between TOs' sea country rights and access for recreational fishers

The Northern Land Council has introduced a simple and free registration process for recreational fishers to access areas of Aboriginal sea country.

Feb 28, 2021

‘Tears of joy for the old people’: native title holders celebrate recognition of rights in country

More than 150 people gathered at Old Banka Banka Homestead for a native title Consent Determination over pastoral leases in the Barkly region.

Oct 29, 2020

The Northern Land Council goes back to its roots - Territory Q magazine

The Northern Land Council has gone 'back to basics' - helping Aboriginal people acquire and manage their traditional lands and sea.

Oct 8, 2020

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 supports 12 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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