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NLC's Aboriginal language short films about coronavirus

“Stay on country, care for family” in Yolngu Matha, one of 18 language messages produced by the NLC.

Subject: Coronavirus

NLC's Chairman shares a message about Coronavirus

A message for all you mob in the NLC area from the Chairman, Samuel Bush-Blanasi. "Stay on country, look after your family and look after yourself."

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

New travel restrictions for communities in the NLC area

The Commonwealth government announced that from midnight, 26 March, anyone wanting to enter ‘designated areas’ in the NT will need to self-isolate for 14 days before they can enter.

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

Public information sheet on disbursements and funerals

The NLC is advising people to postpone funerals to a later date if possible. In addition, no disbursements ("royalty" payments) will be made over the next six weeks.

Subject: Coronavirus

Public information sheet from the NT Aboriginal Land Councils

This is an open message to traditional Aboriginal owners, remote community members and the public about the Coronavirus pandemic from the four Land Councils in the NT. We are working hard to make sure we can still provide services out bush and keep our staff and community safe and well.

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

NLC information on accessing Top End communities

The NLC has suspended all permits to enter Aboriginal land for non-essential travel in response to COVID-19

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC announces suspension of all permits to enter Aboriginal land for non-essential travel

At its meeting on 14 March 2020 the NLC Executive Council determined that all existing non-essential permits will be suspended and no new non-essential travel permits will be granted until further notice.

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

Remote Top End communities closed off to non-essential travel due to coronavirus - ABC News Darwin

Remote communities in the Northern Territory's Top End have been closed to all non-essential travel in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC welcomes Aboriginal ranger funding extension

The NLC welcomes the announcement that the NIAA Indigenous Ranger Program funding will be extended for seven years.

Subject: Caring for Country

The NLC backs NTG's call to cancel non-essential trips to remote Aboriginal communities

The NLC's Executive Council has met with the Northern Territory Department of Health and the Danila Dilba Health Service’s CEO Ms Olga Havnen to examine strategies and information focused on protecting Aboriginal communities in the NLC’s region from the risk of coronavirus.

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheet, Australian Government Department of Health

There is one confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Territory as at 13 March 2020 – this person is located in Darwin. There are no other confirmed cases anywhere else in the Territory.

Subject: Coronavirus

Regionalisation Strategy: 'Building the Bush'

The NLC's Regionalisation Strategy – ‘Building the Bush’ will help build NLC’s regional capacity to more quickly achieve operational objectives and key organisational goals. These will underpin our future as a sustainable organisation with the ability to meet challenges further into the 21st century whilst embedding our standing as a major grassroots Aboriginal organisation.

Subject: Business

Ranger Compliance Support Project Update Dec 2019

What you need to know about the Ranger Compliance Support Project at the Northern Land Council.

Subject: Caring for Country

Meet the NLC's new Full Council

Australia's longest-running Aboriginal newspaper, telling stories from remote Aboriginal lands from across the Northern Territory. In this edition: a wrap-up of the huge ranger forum, meet the NLC's newly-elected Full Council and NLC's Community Planning and Development Development Program turns three.

Subject: Newspaper

NLC's Community Planning and Development Program - an overview

Watch this video to learn more about the NLC's Community Planning and Development Program.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Community Planning and Development Newsletter

Aboriginal groups continue to work with the NLC’s Community Planning and Development (CP&D) team to drive their own development. Through the CP&D Program Aboriginal groups use their land use agreement income to do projects that bring lasting community benefit.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Legune Station Native Title holders reach first community development milestone

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.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Indigenous Ranger Forum 2019

Hundreds of rangers from across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland came together near Darwin in August to share their knowledge and hone their skills.

Subject: Caring for Country

The NLC members back stability and renewal

Delegates to the 121st Full Council meeting of the NLC have voted to return Samuel Bush-Blanasi as Chairman of the NLC, with Calvin Deveraux being elected as Deputy Chair.

The NLC reinforces that any examination of Yuendumu shooting be independent and transparent

The Chairman and Members of the NLC extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kumanjayi Walker at this difficult time.

Territory Q's profile of NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour

Marion Scrymgour was the first Indigenous woman in Parliament and later became the first Indigenous leader of an Australian government in history when she was made Acting Chief Minister.

NLC to NT government: ‘Stop blaming Aboriginal people for your failures’

The Northern Land Council says Aboriginal Territorians have been betrayed by the shock announcement today that the government won’t proceed with proposed amendments to the Pastoral Land Act.

Burial & Cremation Bill fails Aboriginal people

The Northern Land Council is profoundly disappointed with the failure of the NT Legislative Assembly’s Social Policy Scrutiny Committee to address serious concerns raised by Aboriginal people about the Burial & Cremation Bill 2019.

Connecting school students to learn on country

A three-day Learning on Country forum took place in Darwin in September, involving more than 80 school principals, teachers, rangers and ranger coordinators, Learning on Country coordinators and Indigenous cultural advisors.

Subject: Caring for Country

Learning on Country: connecting school students to work on country

More than 80 school principals, teachers, rangers and ranger coordinators, Learning on Country coordinators and Indigenous cultural advisors came together for a three-day Learning on Country forum in Darwin this month.

Subject: Caring for Country

NLC calls on the NT Government to delay the introduction of the Burial & Cremation Bill

The NLC's East Arnhem Regional Council has urged the NT Government to delay the introduction of the contentious Burial & Cremation Bill (2018) into the Legislative Assembly at the next sitting.

Rangers honing their skills at 2019 Indigenous Ranger Forum

Hundreds of Indigenous rangers travelled thousands of kilometres from across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland to learn, grow and share their knowledge last week.

NLC Corporate Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23

The NLC Corporate Plan provides information about the significant activities which the NLC will undertake over the four years, 2019/20 to 2022/23

NLC Regional Councils shout out on water security crisis in the bush

The 42nd joint meeting of the NLC's Borroloola Barkly and Ngukurr Regional Councils at Robinson River heard more details about an impending water security crisis in remote communities and homelands in the NLC’s area.

NLC objects to the McArthur River Mine approvals

The NLC objects to Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby’s approval of an amendment to the existing mine management plan (MMP) for the McArthur River Mine.

West Arnhem and Katherine Regional Councils express ‘anger and disappointment’ at health service provision out bush

At their meeting at Jabiru this week the Northern Land Council’s West Arnhem and Katherine Regional Councils passed a resolution expressing anger and disappointment at the poor state of health services for remote communities in the Katherine and West Arnhem regions.

Community Planning and Development Newsletter

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.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Compensation awarded in Timber Creek in Australian first

Twenty years after the native title holders of Timber Creek – five estate groups of the Ngarliwurru and Nungali peoples – filed their original native title claim, the High Court of Australia has awarded them compensation for the loss of native title rights over parts of the land within the town area.

“It took us 20 years, but we finally got it!” Native Title finally recognised in Pine Creek

The Wagiman and Jawoyn Bolmo, Matjba and Wurrkbarbar groups have been recognised as the native title holders of the town of Pine Creek at a determination ceremony held on country, two decades after the first claim was lodged.

Land Rights News Northern Edition

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