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High Court upholds Native Title rights

Feb 8, 2024

The High Court of Australia yesterday delivered a landmark ruling in favour of Yanyuwa and Yanyuwa-Mara native title holders.

Nitjpurru Community Leader Calls Out NT Chief Minister

Feb 1, 2024

Raymond Hector has voiced his dismay at the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s recent statements concerning flood-ravaged Nitjpurru (Pidgeon Hole).

Treaty Reboot Welcomed

Jan 23, 2024

The NLC welcomes the recommencement of the Northern Territory Treaty process.

NLC Annual Report 2022-23

Jan 19, 2024

The NLC Annual Report provides a comprehensive account of the council's performance from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Read the latest edition of Land Rights News - Northern Edition

Dec 14, 2023

Subject: Newspaper

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

Gunlom Falls Traditional Owners in High Court testcase

Dec 11, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

Traditional Owners of Gunlom Falls have today travelled to Canberra in the pursuit of justice.

The NLC welcomes the Nature Repair Market Bill and new ‘water trigger’ changes

Dec 6, 2023

Subject: Environment

The NLC welcomes the successful passing of the Nature Repair Market Bill through the Senate.

NLC Official Statement Passing of NLC Chairman

Nov 13, 2023

Today we mourn the loss of Dr Bush-Blanasi. His mother was a Yolngu woman from the Blue Mud Bay region and he was raised by a Mayili man from Wugularr community (Beswick).

October 2023 Incident Management and Ranger Support - Caring for Country Newsletter

Oct 25, 2023

Subject: Country, Permits, Caring for Country

October 2023 Incident Management and Ranger Support - Caring for Country Newsletter

Land Councils joint statement about the Referendum outcome

Oct 21, 2023

Subject: Closing the Gap, Constitutional Recognition, Elections

Through the Uluru Statement, Aboriginal people asked to be recognised in the Nation’s founding document and for a formal process to be established to inform government decision making on policy that affects our people and our communities

Northern Australia First Nations Alliance formed to represent First Nations interests in the North

Sep 28, 2023

Subject: Business

The formation of the Northern Australia First Nations Alliance (the Alliance) was yesterday ratified at a meeting in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Commercial fishing activity in Buckingham Bay reeled in due to inaction from NT Government

Sep 20, 2023

Subject: Sea Rights

In March 2023 the Northern Land Council (NLC) received a letter from the Member for Mulka, Yingiya Mark Guyula, relaying significant fisheries management concerns on behalf of families in the Buckingham Bay area of the East Arnhem region.

King Stingray headlines concert to celebrate 50 years of the Northern Land Council

Sep 13, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council is set to launch celebrations marking 50 years since the inaugural meeting of its first Full Council.

Northern Land Council call for harsher penalties around illegal land clearing

Sep 4, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The findings of the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security into illegal land clearing at Tarwoo Station represent a clear disregard by the Northern Territory Government in punishing criminal activity on land involving Aboriginal interests.

NLC Corporate Plan 2023-24

Aug 31, 2023

Subject: Business

The NLC Corporate Plan provides information about the significant activities which the NLC will undertake over the four years, 2023/24 to 2026/27.

Read the latest edition of Land Rights News - Northern Edition

Aug 18, 2023

Subject: Newspaper

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

NT land councils bring Voice Declaration to the people’s house

Jun 22, 2023

Subject: Constitutional Recognition

The chairs of the four Northern Territory Aboriginal land councils will visit Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow to deliver the 2023.3 Barunga Declaration urging Australians to support a Voice to Parliament.

2023 Barunga Voice Declaration

Jun 15, 2023

Subject: Closing the Gap, Constitutional Recognition

The four Northern Territory Aboriginal land councils signed the Barunga Voice Declaration that addresses all Australians and urges them to support a Voice to Parliament

Federal Court decision welcomed

May 23, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council welcomes the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court, paving the way for the Gove Peninsula Yolŋu native title case and associated compensation claim to be heard.

NLC Chair awarded Honorary Doctorate

May 23, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council congratulates Dr Samuel Bush-Blanasi on the awarding of his well-deserved Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).

NLC Code of Conduct

May 23, 2023

Our Code of Conduct is a set of expectations and standards that tell us how we must act and conduct our business as employees of the Northern Land Council (NLC) when at work and in public.

Yunupingu honoured as a man of action who spoke truth to power

May 22, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council today honoured Yunupingu as a fierce fighter for land and sea rights, the Land Council, and for Aboriginal people across Australia.

NLC welcome much needed investment in National Parks

Apr 26, 2023

Subject: Caring for Country

The Commonwealth Government’s announcement in the 2023-24 Budget of $262.3 million additional funding for Australia’s national parks has been warmly welcomed by the Northern Land Council.

Nation mourns loss of great leader

Apr 3, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

Today we mourn the loss of a great leader, statesman, and father. On behalf of past and present Members and staff, the Chair of the Northern Land Council, Dr Samuel Bush-Blanasi, offered his sincere condolences to Mr Yunupingu’s family.

Repairing nature means Caring for Country

Mar 29, 2023

Subject: Caring for Country

The Chair of the Northern Land Council, Dr Samuel Bush-Blanasi, today welcomed the introduction of legislation into the Commonwealth Parliament to establish a ‘nature repair’ market.

NLC Strategic Plan 2022-27

Feb 21, 2023

The NLC Strategic Plan was adopted by the Full Council at Katherine in December 2022. The Strategic Plan sets out the strategic intent of the Northern Land Council for the period 2022-27.

“Enough is enough” – legal proceedings launched to challenge decision to permit more land clearing at Auvergne Station

Feb 13, 2023

Subject: Pastoral

Legal proceedings were commenced on Friday 10 February 2023 in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, challenging a decision made on 25 November 2022 by a delegate of the Pastoral Land Board to grant a permit to clear native vegetation over at least 923 hectares of land at Auvergne Station.

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs ‘Inquiry into community safety, support services and job opportunities in the Northern Territory’

Feb 10, 2023

Subject: Closing the Gap

The terms of reference for this Inquiry include looking into the end of the Stronger Futures legislation and alcohol management in the NT. The NLC submission highlights that government planning and consultation were not adequate prior to the end of Stronger Futures and lifting of alcohol restrictions. The submission emphasises the need for Aboriginal people to be at the centre of the design and implementation of policies that affect them.

Submission to the Northern Territory Government on the Draft Surface Water Take – Wet Season Flows Policy and the Draft Interference with a Waterway Guideline

Jan 10, 2023

Subject: Water

The Northern Land Council provided a response to the NT Government’s Draft Surface Water Take – Wet Season Flows Policy and the Draft Interference with a Waterway Guideline. The purpose of the draft policy is to establish the allocation rules for quantifying wet season water flow volumes available for consumptive use from a river basin, while maintaining free flowing rivers and important environmental and cultural values. The NLC supports the policy purpose, however the draft policy and guideline do not enable to the purpose to be achieved. The documents do not include adequate protection of the rights and interests of Aboriginal people in the NLC region, and do not provide adequate actions to ensure cultural values are protected. Therefore, the NLC does not support the draft policy or guideline in their current forms. The draft documents require substantial change and should be updated in accordance with the recommendations made in this submission.

Read the latest edition of Land Rights News - Northern Edition

Jan 6, 2023

Subject: Newspaper

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