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Native title holder consortium awarded first major contract at Legune

Sep 20, 2018

In a historic win for Aboriginal business development, a construction consortium involving local native title holders has been awarded the first contract of work for the billion-dollar aquaculture grow-out facility at Legune Station.

Upgrades to Marralum outstation: Building a strong future for native title holders

Aug 30, 2018

Native title holders are driving upgrades to Marralum outstation near the Western Australian border using funds generated from a major prawn farm project.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Land Rights News Northern Edition August 2018

Aug 28, 2018

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

Re-connecting Women with Country

Aug 28, 2018

The Northern Land Council’s Caring for Country Branch has adopted a Women’s Employment Strategy in response to the requests from Traditional Owners, community members and women rangers to increase opportunities for women to work as rangers.

NLC Corporate Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22

Aug 27, 2018

The NLC Corporate Plan provides information about the significant activities which the NLC will undertake over the four years, 2018/19 to 2021/22

Subject: Governance

NLC condemns McArthur River Mine approval

Aug 10, 2018

​The Northern Land Council has condemned the decision of the NT EPA to approve the overburden management project at the McArthur River Mine.

The Women’s Culture Walk 2018

Jul 06, 2018

Thirty women from Numbulwar took part in the Women’s Culture Walk from 25-29 June 2018, traversing 40km of coast in the South East Arnhem Land Indigenous Protected Area.

Subject: Caring for Country

NT Country Hour: Why has the NT Government changed its mind on amending the Pastoral Land Act to allow cattle stations to sub-lease?

Jun 20, 2018

NLC CEO Joe Morrison speaks to ABC's The Country Hour about why changes to the Pastoral Land Act to allow stations to sub-lease for non-pastoral purposes have "been deferred".

Subject: Pastoral

The Barunga Agreement

Jun 08, 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding to provide for the development of a framework for negotiating a Treaty with the First Nations of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Subject: Treaty

Barunga Agreement: Joint Land Councils and Northern Territory Government Statement

Jun 08, 2018

The Northern Territory’s four Land Councils and the Northern Territory Government have today signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (the “Barunga Agreement”), paving the way for consultations to begin with Aboriginal people about a Treaty.

Subject: Treaty

Statement from the Northern Land Council to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Jun 07, 2018

The Northern Land Council is proud to appear before this Committee on the 30th anniversary of the Barunga Statement which was presented to the then Prime Minister of Australia by the Chairs of both the NLC and Central Land Council and called for a national Treaty.

Subject: Constitutional Recognition

PFAS Community Sessions held by Department of Defence

Jun 04, 2018

​The Department of Defence is holding a Community Walk-in Session to provide information on the environmental investigations into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at RAAF Base Darwin and Robertson Barracks.

Vernon Islands Handed Back

Jun 01, 2018

The Vernon Islands have been officially returned to the Mantiyupwi Tiwi people, 40 years after the land claim was lodged.

NLC Rangers among first NT Fisheries Inspectors

Jun 01, 2018

Two NLC rangers are among the first six Indigenous Rangers in the Northern Territory to become Fisheries Inspectors.

Subject: Caring for Country

Community Planning and Development: Youth Activities in Galiwin’ku

Jun 01, 2018

It’s 6pm and young Yolngu are racing up and down the basketball courts in Galiwin’ku. Youth program coordinator Josie Wright organises a group of girls into teams for a game, while others watch from the sidelines.

Submission by the Northern and Central land councils to the Closing the Gap refresh initiative

Jun 01, 2018

This submission is made jointly by the Northern Land Council (NLC) and the Central Land Council (CLC) (Land Councils), both independent statutory authorities established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth) (Land Rights Act).

Subject: Closing the Gap

Land Rights News Northern Edition May 2018

Jun 01, 2018

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

Subject: Land Rights

ABC Darwin: Ranger funding announcement 2018

Apr 27, 2018

More than $250 million over three years has been announced for Indigenous Rangers. The funding will continue to deliver 2000 jobs to 118 Indigenous rangers groups, keeping country and culture strong for the benefit of all Australians and the world. Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion made the announcement on Friday 27 April 2018 alongside NLC's Malak Malak Rangers.

Subject: Caring for Country

Groote Eylandt Seas Native Title Claim Information Meetings

Apr 19, 2018

The Northern Land Council (NLC) — with the support of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) — is pleased to provide notice of the following meetings.

Subject: Sea Rights

NLC CEO Joe Morrison on the lifting of the fracking moratorium

Apr 18, 2018

Joe Morrison speaks to Kate O'Toole on ABC Darwin Drive about the lifting of the fracking moratorium

ALFA Pre Fire Season Meeting

Apr 12, 2018

Our Yugul Mangi and Numbulwar Numburindi Rangers attended the annual pre fire season meeting organised by ALFA NT from 10-11 April at Barrapunta.

Subject: Caring for Country

Kenbi Land Use agreement to protect flatback turtle

Apr 11, 2018

Sea Darwin has entered into a licence agreement with Kenbi Aboriginal Land Trust to maintain access to Ngulbitjik (Bare Sand Island) for running exclusive turtle tours.

Land Councils and Northern Territory agree on an MoU for Treaty

Apr 05, 2018

A historic meeting between the Northern Territory Government and the Territory’s four land councils has agreed to establish a working group to develop a Memorandum of Understanding about how a treaty between the government and the NT’s Aboriginal people should progress.

Subject: Treaty

Gunyungara signs Township Lease

Apr 04, 2018

The community of Gunyangara in north east Arnhem Land celebrated the signing of a 99-year township lease to the Ngarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation on 18 November 2017, 10 years after the Gumatj people, led by Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu, put forward a similar proposal to then Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough.

Subject: Land Rights

A Territory Treaty

Apr 04, 2018

The NLC’s Executive Council hosted a workshop in Darwin, 19-20 February, to discuss how a Treaty could be progressed between the Northern Territory Government and Aboriginal people. Staff of the Central Land Council also attended. The workshop preceded a meeting of the Executives of the four NT Land Councils in Darwin in early March.

Subject: Treaty

Sacred sites protected under final Kenbi Open Area Declaration

Mar 22, 2018

The Northern Land Council has welcomed the official gazettal this week of the Kenbi Open Area Declaration over beaches and the intertidal zone of Aboriginal land in the Cox Peninsula vicinity.

Subject: Land Rights

Submission to the Northern Territory Social Policy Scrutiny Committee: Animal Protection Bill 2018

Mar 19, 2018

The Northern Land Council (NLC) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Social Policy Scrutiny Committee and is hopeful that the advice provided will be seriously considered in the formulation of the Committee’s report to the Legislative Assembly in respect of the Animal Protection Bill 2018.

NLC cautiously welcomes Committee’s report into Pastoral Land Bill

Mar 16, 2018

The Northern Land Council has cautiously welcomed the report of the NT Parliament’s Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee which examined the government’s Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill.

Subject: Native Title

The Wardaman: Looking after Country

Mar 14, 2018

Birds are closely connected to Wardaman culture. Many Wardaman dances have been adapted from bird movements and much Wardaman rock art depicts birds.

Subject: Caring for Country

Remembering Land Rights News 1988

Mar 13, 2018

These days, the Northern and Central Land Councils each publishes its own editions of Land Rights News. Thirty years ago, the time of the Australia’s Bicentenary, Land Rights News was a joint publication, and its production was not without tribulation.

Subject: Land Rights

Evidence to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee on changes to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill

Mar 13, 2018

NLC CEO Joe Morrison and Principal Legal Officer Michael O’Donnell gave evidence to the NT Legislative Assembly’s Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee on 2 February, and argued for changes to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill.

Subject: Pastoral

Pastoral Land Bill Changes Wanted

Mar 13, 2018

The Northern Land Council is pressing the Northern Territory Government to amend its Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill, which, in its present form, would give pastoralists the right to secure sub-leases on their properties to allow for land to be used for a range of non-pastoral purposes, but would severely curtail the rights of native title holders.

Subject: Pastoral

International Women's Day 2018: Celebrating our strong women rangers

Mar 08, 2018

8 March is International Women's Day. Our deadly women rangers are keeping country and culture strong for future generations.

Land Councils Support Treaty

Mar 07, 2018

​In the wake of the despair of Indigenous Australians about the refusal of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to accept the recommendation of the Referendum Council as espoused in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the four Northern Territory Land Councils have embraced the decision of NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to open a discussion about a treaty with the Territory’s Aboriginal people.

Subject: Treaty

Land Rights News Northern Edition February 2018

Mar 07, 2018

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

Native Title Act changes challenged

Mar 04, 2018

Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, comments on the Australian Government Options Paper, Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993, launched at the end of November 2017.

Subject: Native Title

NLC CEO Joe Morrison on ABC Darwin

Mar 02, 2018

NLC CEO Joe Morrison speaks to ABC Darwin's Conor Byrne about resetting the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, opportunities for Aboriginal Territorians and how to grapple with high levels of dysfunction, trauma, homelessness and alcoholism in our communities.

Expressions of interest for the renewal of grazing licences

Feb 20, 2018

​The Northern Land Council, on behalf of Traditional Owners, is calling for expressions of interest for the renewal of grazing licences in the top end of the Northern Territory.

Wagiman Ranger Story - Bellyache Bush 2016-2017

Feb 19, 2018

Hear about the "Bellyache bush walk," a weed control bush walk that also takes to the skies to monitor crocodiles, buffaloes, cattle, pigs and horses.

Subject: Caring for Country

Malak Malak ranger story

Feb 19, 2018

Meet Matthew, Amos, Aaron and Rob from the Malak Malak Ranger Group as they take you across their country. The Malak Malak Rangers manage 30,000 hectares of land along the iconic Daly River. Their land and sea management activities include managing intense invasive weed infestations, fire management, environmental monitoring and scared site protection. Their persistent work has seen the invasive weed Mimosa pigra eradicated on a 30km stretch of the Daly River.

Subject: Caring for Country