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Timber Creek Rangers trained in sawfish monitoring

Dec 19, 2018

NLC’s Timber Creek rangers and CSIRO have established a sawfish monitoring program on the Victoria River to record population estimates.

Subject: Caring for Country

Aboriginal Housing NT takes home Fitzgerald Human Rights Award

Dec 18, 2018

​Aboriginal Housing NT (AHNT) has won the 2018 NT Human Rights Commission’s Fitzgerald Award for Diversity.

Subject: Housing

Intertidal zone permit waiver extended for 6 months

Dec 04, 2018

Joint media release between the Northern Land Council, Northern Territory Government, the NT Seafood Council and the Amateur Fishermen’s’ Association of the Northern Territory

Subject: Sea Rights

NLC welcomes amendment to NLC Land Rights Act

Nov 26, 2018

The Northern Land Council welcomes the amendment to the Land Rights Act passed through the Senate this evening.

Case Study: Twin Hill Aboriginal Corporation

Nov 26, 2018

Twin Hill Aboriginal Corporation has been running a cattle agistment business on the Delissaville Wagait Larrakia Aboriginal Land Trust for more than 20 years.

NLC Annual Report 2017-18

Nov 21, 2018

The Northern Land Council Annual Report 2017-18 provides a comprehensive account of the Council’s performance from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Subject: Governance

Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) beneficial grant funding round

Nov 21, 2018

The next Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) beneficial grant funding round opens on Monday 3 December 2018 and close on Friday 1 February 2019.

Subject: Aboriginals Benefit Account

Tales from the Tinny: Fishos face lockouts as Blue Mud Bay negotiations bog down

Nov 16, 2018

The Northern Land Council has given the Government till December 4th to negotiate, or they will lock out all fishermen from up to 80 per cent of the Territory's coastline.​

Subject: Sea Rights, Permits

Blue Mud Bay: Conditional Waiver Extension

Nov 15, 2018

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council has conditionally approved a six-month extension of the waiver of the need for permits to access the Aboriginal-owned intertidal zone. The waiver is set to expire on 31 December 2018.

Subject: Sea Rights, Permits

Jabiru Native Title claim

Nov 08, 2018

On Friday 9 November 2018, the Federal Court of Australia will hold a special on-country hearing to recognise the native title rights and interests of the Mirarr People over areas of the Jabiru Township.

Community Planning and Development Newsletter

Nov 07, 2018

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

Progress towards resolving intertidal access

Oct 26, 2018

The Northern Land Council, represented by the Sea Country Working Group, today met with the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Seafood Council, and Northern Territory Government to discuss and progress resolution of intertidal access in Northern Territory waters that overlay Aboriginal land.

Media Alert: Larrimah Native Title Recognition Ceremony

Oct 22, 2018

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a special hearing at the Supreme Court of the NT in Darwin on Wednesday 24 October 2018 to recognise native title rights and interests over the town of Larrimah.

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

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

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