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NLC and CLC joint submission to DCCEEW- Future National Water Agreement

May 21, 2024

The NLC and CLC provided a submission to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water on on National Water Reform 2024. The National Water Initiative (NWI) is the shared government blueprint that underpins management of Australia’s water resources, created 2004 and agreed by the Australian Government and all states and territories. The Australian Government has committed to a new national water agreement in the current term of government. The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) has been working through the National Water Reform Committee (NWRC), its subcommittees and the Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Water Interests (CAWI), on the early stages of developing a new agreement, with the aim of an agreement being signed by the end of 2024.

Jawoyn Traditional Owners’ High Court win affirms protection of sacred sites in the NT

May 8, 2024

Subject: Legal

Today’s successful High Court appeal settles that the Director of National Parks cannot rely on so-called ‘Crown immunity’ to avoid criminal penalties for damaging sacred sites in the Northern Territory.

Rangers’ joint compliance patrol leads to successful prosecutions

Mar 28, 2024

Subject: Sea Rights

Four people fishing without Northern Land Council (NLC) permits have received fines, after being caught in a joint exercise by Bulgul and Kakadu Rangers.

Borroloola residents recount horror, as community becomes latest to suffer inadequate emergency response

Mar 26, 2024

Subject: Emergency Response

The NLC met with Borroloola flood evacuees in Darwin on the weekend and joins with them in urging Federal and Northern Territory governments to address poor emergency communications, evacuation processes, and future preparedness.

Community Planning and Development Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2022-23

Mar 18, 2024

In seven years, the Northern Land Council has enabled Traditional Owners through the CP&D program across the Top End to invest $12.5 million towards community projects.

NLC appoints Interim CEO

Mar 15, 2024

The Northern Land Council has appointed Mrs Jessie Schaecken to the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Arnhem Land water supply improvements a positive step

Mar 15, 2024

Subject: Water

The NLC welcomes the Federal and Northern Territory governments’ joint commitment to important water infrastructure upgrades in Maningrida, Numbulwar, Yirrkala, and Gunyangara.

Submission to the Productivity Commission on National Water Reform 2024

Mar 15, 2024

Subject: Water

The Northern Land Council provided a submission to the Productivity Commission on National Water Reform 2024. The submission reiterated 23 recommendations made in the NLC’s 2020 submission to the Commission and also highlighted significant components of the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative that had either not yet been implemented or were not currently being adhered to in the Northern Territory. The submission concluded with recommendations to underpin and update the National Water Initiative given the substantial rights and interests of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

NLC announces change of leadership

Mar 14, 2024

Subject: Business

The Northern Land Council (NLC) has announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joe Martin-Jard, is leaving the role, effective Friday.

NLC meets with Prime Minister to raise crucial issues

Mar 13, 2024

Subject: Closing the Gap, Housing

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council (NLC) hosted Federal politicians in Katherine, Northern Territory, yesterday.

NLC elects new Chair

Mar 11, 2024

Subject: Elections

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council elected Matthew Ryan as its new Chair in Katherine today.

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

On Friday 26 April 2024 a correction to the NLC Annual Report was tabled in the Parliament out of session. A correction was made to page 24.

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.

NLC calls 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.