Community Planning & Development
The Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program is supporting Traditional Owner groups in eight locations across the NLC region self-determine their development using income through their land ownership.
Groups have set aside over $7 million of their income to development projects. So far, 32 CP&D Projects have been planned and at different stages of progress.
‘I feel happy and strong for this [project], for the TOs, this community, and for our grandchildren’ (Clancy Guthitjpuy, Gapuwiyak Traditional Owner).
The CP&D Program is based on the principles of Aboriginal self-determination, participation, strengths-based, equity, flexibility and long-term engagement.
Our Program uses an eight step process to support good governance and local Aboriginal decision-making at every step of the way. The approach strengthens Aboriginal capacity, control and group cohesion in making decisions and managing their money to meet their aspirations for future generations.
Who We Are
NLC started the CP&D Program in 2016 with the purpose to work with groups to build their governance and planning capacity to control their own interests and benefit economically, socially and culturally from the secure possession of their lands, seas and intellectual property.
Since starting the Program, the CP&D team has continued to grow its reach and impact. The unit is working to regionalise its operations so that more staff are available to work with more groups across the NLC region into the future.
Along the way, the CP&D Program monitors and evaluates its work to check that our approach is sound and supporting meaningful processes and outcomes for groups through their delivery of projects. Our progress to date demonstrates the benefits of Aboriginal groups having the authority to lead their planning and development based on their local needs, issues and values. Our work sends a positive message to governments and industry stakeholders that Aboriginal-led planning and development provides lasting community benefits.
For more information about the CD&P Program, download our Monitoring and Evaluation outcomes., Frequently Asked Questions , or read about our and
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Dec 9, 2019
Native Title holders have been working with the NLC's Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program to complete an upgrade of their outstation at Marralum on Legune Station.
Jul 8, 2020
Malak Malak traditional owners have funded the development of a language app containing over 300 words and phrases. The Malak Malak Vocab Builder is now available on the Google Play and App store.
Jun 12, 2019
The NLC Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program started in 2016. It works with Aboriginal land-owning groups and supports them to use their money from land use agreements, such as royalties or lease money, to drive their own development and secure benefits from their land, waters and seas.