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Northern Land Council extends waiver over intertidal zone

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

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

Memorandum of Understanding promotes Indigenous involvement in the Top End

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

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, Pastoral

Royal Commission compromised from the start

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.

Landmark “Right to Trade” decision

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 Councils urge Senate support for positive Land Rights Act amendments

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.

Native Title recognised at Borroloola

​THE Federal Court has determined that Aboriginal people in the Gulf country of the Northern Territory have native title rights over six pastoral leases which cover more than 15,000 square kilometres of coastal and inland country.

NLC puts political parties on notice

AFTER meeting last week at Gulkula in north-east Arnhem Land, the 111th Full Council of the Northern Land Council stated that policy failures of successive governments have left Indigenous people untrusting of interference in their lives.

NLC puts NT Government on notice

THE Northern Land Council has put the Northern Territory Government on notice that any dilution of the Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act will be strenuously opposed.