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NLC welcomes new Aboriginal Affairs minister

The NLC welcomes the announcement today of Ms Selena Uibo as the new Minister Aboriginal Affairs in the Northern Territory Government.

1970s Aboriginal children’s art offers window into history

A project to reunite children’s drawings from the 1970s with their original Yolngu artists is now underway involving Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala and the National Museum of Australia.

Carbon farming supports Yugul Mangi culture camp for young people

The Yugul Mangi Rangers ran a two-day culture camp in September 2018. Traditional Owners from the South East Arnhem Land Indigenous Protected Area (SEAL IPA) supported the camp using income from the carbon farming work of their rangers.

Subject: Caring for Country

Waanyi-Garawa ranger presents at international conference

Waanyi-Garawa ranger ​Josephine Davey, Ganalanga-Mindibirrina IPA coordinator Ostiane Massiani and NLC Caring for Country women and youth coordinator Kate van Wezel ​travelled to the University of Queensland in early December to present a paper at ​Unsettling Australia, the 2018 biennial conference of the International Australian Studies Association. ​

Subject: Caring for Country

ABA Homelands Project Update

The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Homelands Project has been allocated a total of $40 million from the ABA; $35.5 million will be allocated for the delivery of activities in homelands across the four Aboriginal Land Council regions in the NT. These funds are accessed through a grant application process coordinated by the NLC.

Subject: Aboriginals Benefit Account

History made as native title rights finally recognised

Two historic native title claims are now resolved, decades after they were first claimed.

Subject: Native Title

High Court comes to Darwin: Valuing native title in dollars

In September 2018, the Timber Creek native title compensation claim – one of the biggest test cases in Indigenous rights since Mabo – brought the High Court of Australia to the Northern Territory for the first time in its 116-year history.

Subject: Native Title

NLC prepares for 2019 council elections

The Northern Land Council is reviewing the way its members are allocated across its jurisdiction, ahead of Council elections to take place in the second half of 2019.

Land Rights News Northern Edition December 2018

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

Timber Creek Rangers trained in sawfish monitoring

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

​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

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

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

Case Study: Twin Hill Aboriginal Corporation

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

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.

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

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

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

Community Planning and Development Newsletter

Eight traditional owner groups have now signed up and are working with NLC’s CP&D program. Together they have set aside over $5.7 million in Aboriginal land use payments to invest in the program.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Jabiru Native Title claim

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.

Progress towards resolving intertidal access

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

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

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

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

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

Re-connecting Women with Country

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

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

NLC condemns McArthur River Mine approval

​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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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