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NLC CEO appointed to Indigenous Reference Group to develop the north

Jan 02, 2018

NLC CEO Mr Joe Morrison has been appointed to the Indigenous Reference Group to advance Indigenous economic interests in the North.

Subject: Northern Development

Fracking: NLC's position

Dec 18, 2017

Opinions about fracking among Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory are as diverse as among the rest of the population.

Rangers share knowldege at the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting

Dec 07, 2017

​NLC rangers attended the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting on 5-6 December in Nitmiluk National Park to share knowledge about the challenges and successes of fire management in Arnhem Land.

Subject: Caring for Country

There's no conflict between Indigenous people, native title and development

Nov 16, 2017

By Joe Morrison, CEO of the Northern Land Council. The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 is very special legislation, not just for the Northern Territory but by world standards.

Subject: Northern Development

Northern Land Council extends waiver over intertidal zone

Nov 15, 2017

The Northern Land Council has agreed to extend for one year a waiver under the Aboriginal Land Act which will allow unrestricted access by fishers to the intertidal zone around the Northern Territory.

Subject: Sea Rights

NLC urges Northern Territory Government to consider amending Pastoral Land Act

Nov 14, 2017

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council, meeting in Tennant Creek this week, has urged the Northern Territory Government to consider amending the Pastoral Land Act to allow native title holders to benefit from new economic activities on their traditional lands.

Subject: Land Rights

South east Arnhem Land fire abatement (SEALFA) project

Nov 09, 2017

Australia’s vast and ecologically intact northern tropical savannas are extremely flammable and recent fire regimes have been dominated by large, late dry season wildfires.

Subject: Caring for Country

The Living Room visits Mary River

Nov 02, 2017

On Tuesday the 16th of May, William Goodman, pre-recorded a bush tucker segment for the Living Room Show, with celebrity chef Miguel Mestre, which was aired nationally on Channel 10 in September.

Subject: Caring for Country

NLC Annual Report 2016-2017

Nov 01, 2017

The Northern Land Council Annual Report 2016-17 provides a comprehensive account of the Council’s performance from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

Subject: Governance

Land Rights News Northern Edition October 2017

Oct 31, 2017

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

Project Sea Dragon: ILUA Seafarms Agreement

Oct 31, 2017

Native title holders have authorised an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for Stage 1 of Project Sea Dragon, which is planned eventually to deliver a massive prawn farm producing 100,000 tonnes of black tiger prawns a year on Legune Station in the far north-west of the Northern Territory.

Baniyala community working with NLC to explore lease options

Oct 31, 2017

The NLC has undertaken to work with the Baniyala community in east Arnhem Land to develop a workable model for the issue of local leases under the Land Rights Act.

Subject: Land Rights

Tackling Indigenous Smoking in Remote Communities

Oct 31, 2017

At Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation in Nhulunbuy, a team of Yolngu community members deliver programs and activities to support tobacco smokers wanting to quit.

NLC Rangers Learn New Skills at the Kimberley Ranger Forum

Oct 31, 2017

Hosted by the Kimberley Land Council through support from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, 34 rangers representing 12 NLC ranger groups attended the Kimberley Ranger Forum held on Bardi Jawi country in August at Pender Bay on the Dampier Peninsula, WA.

Subject: Caring for Country

Rockets to launch in north east Arnhem Land

Oct 31, 2017

The Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust has granted a lease over 275 hectares of land near Gulkula in north east Arnhem Land to Gumatj Corporation Limited for use as a commercial rocket launching facility.

McArthur River Mine Compensation Talks

Oct 31, 2017

The Northern Territory Government says it’s prepared to engage in discussions with the Northern Land Council about compensation to native title holders for the effect on native title rights and interests of the grant of mineral leases where the McArthur River Mine near Borroloola is situated.

Shall there be a treaty?

Oct 31, 2017

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has committed to engaging with Northern Territory Land Councils about a possible treaty.

Memorandum of Understanding promotes Indigenous involvement in the Top End

Oct 23, 2017

Lendlease today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northern Land Council acknowledging a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation on Lendlease projects in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Subject: Northern Development

Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Oct 19, 2017

The Northern Land Council has called on NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to withdraw a bill introduced to Parliament yesterday which would enable the grant of subleases on pastoral leases for non-pastoral purposes.

Subject: Northern Development

8th Annual NT Major Projects Conference Darwin Convention Centre 19 October 2017

Oct 19, 2017

Joe Morrison, CEO NLC delivers speech at the 8th Annual NT Major Projects Conference Darwin Convention Centre

Subject: Northern Development

NLC Welcomes Settlement at Gunyangara

Oct 06, 2017

The Northern Land Council has welcomed the settlement of the legal challenge by members of the Rirratjingu clan to the grant of a 99-year township lease on Aboriginal land at Gunyangara in north east Arnhem Land.

Caring for Country Women's Engagement Camp

Sep 30, 2017

Thirty Indigenous women rangers from eleven ranger groups gathered together in late September at Barrapunta Outstation (near Bulman) for the Women Rangers Engagement Camp.

Subject: Caring for Country

Land Councils convene to focus on a new approach to Indigenous advancement

Sep 29, 2017

Today, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Kimberley Land Council and the Northern Land Council met in Sydney to commence a high-level dialogue aimed at resetting the relationship between Indigenous Australians, Governments and the broader Australian society.

Indigenous Protected Area Dedication Ceremony

Sep 19, 2017

The Ritharrngu, Ngandi, Ngalakgan, Warndarrang, Marra, Alawa and Nunggubuyu Traditional Owners celebrated the dedication of the South East Arnhem Land Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) at a ceremony at Namiliwiri Outstation near Ngukurr on 19 September.

Subject: Caring for Country

NLC Annual Report 2015-2016

Jul 28, 2017

The Northern Land Council Annual Report 2015-16 provides a comprehensive account of the Council’s performance from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

Subject: Governance

NLC Corporate Plan 2016-2020

Jul 28, 2017

The NLC Corporate Plan provides information about the significant activities which the NLC will undertake over the four years, 2016/17 to 2019/20.

Subject: Governance

NLC Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Jul 27, 2017

This Strategic Plan reflects the Northern Land Council’s strategic direction for the period 2016 – 2020.

Subject: Governance

Land Rights News Northern Edition July 2017

Jul 27, 2017

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

Joe Morrison delivers Keynote Speech Northern Australian Development

Jun 19, 2017

Joe Morrison, CEO NLC delivers the Keynote Speech at the Northern Australian Development Conference at Cairns, Queensland

Subject: Business, Northern Development

Land Rights News Northern Edition April 2017

Apr 21, 2017

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

Land Rights News Northern Edition January 2017

Jan 23, 2017

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

Cherry Wulumirr Daniels awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of dedicating her life to the advancement of her community

Oct 31, 2016

Cherry Wulumirr Daniels OAM chose to share her joy of being awarded an Order of Australia in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List with her family and community of Ngukurr on 26 October. And so in front of a cheering crowd at the Ngukurr School she was formally handed her Order of Australia medal by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Hon. John Hardy OAM

Unhappy Anniversaries: What is there to celebrate? Eighth Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture

Oct 05, 2016

This year marks two major anniversaries: 50 years since the Wave Hill walk-off and 40 years since the Australian Parliament passed the NT Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Subject: Land Rights

Land Rights News Northern Edition October 2016

Oct 01, 2016

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

Royal Commission compromised from the start

Jul 28, 2016

Three Northern Territory Aboriginal peak organisations say they are bitterly disappointed that the Prime Minister has ignored their request to be consulted about the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into child protection and youth detention in the Northern Territory, and utterly reject his choice of former NT Chief Justice Brian Martin as the Royal Commissioner.

Land Rights News Northern Edition July 2016

Jul 15, 2016

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

Landmark “Right to Trade” decision

Jul 01, 2016

The Federal Court has recognised the rights of the Rrumburriya Borroloola people (the traditional owners of Borroloola and members of the wider Yanyuwa group) to exclusive possession over vacant crown land in the town, and to take and use resources for any purpose including commercial purposes – a so-called “right to trade”.

Land Rights News Northern Edition April 2016

Apr 24, 2016

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

Land Rights News Northern Edition January 2016

Jan 29, 2016

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

Land Councils urge Senate support for positive Land Rights Act amendments

Nov 25, 2015

THE Northern and Central Land Councils have welcomed the Federal Government’s willingness to negotiate significant amendments to the provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act which allow some of the land councils’ functions to be delegated to Aboriginal corporations.