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Travel advice within the NLC region - update

Jul 2, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory all permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land in the NLC region remain suspended until 1pm Friday 9 July 2021.

The NLC extends permit suspension to 1pm Friday 9 July

Jul 2, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The Northern Land Council has today extended the suspension of permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land to 1pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

Cahill’s Crossing to close as of sunrise on Friday 2 July

Jul 1, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC advises that the NT government’s Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics will close Cahill’s Crossing at the request of Traditional Owners effective at sunrise Friday 2 July 2021.

NLC -wuŋ dhäwu COVID-19buy (Yolngu Matha version of NLC’s COVID-19 travel advice)

Jul 1, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

Dhäwu dhipali banydji Darwinlil ga dhipali Communitieslil ga Homelandslil mala.

Northern Land Council rolls out COVID-19 travel advice in language, with Kriol first off the block

Jun 30, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

In a rapid response to the emerging COVID-19 concerns in the Northern Territory the Northern Land Council has produced new material in the Kriol language, spoken throughout much of the southern parts of the NLC area.

Trebul infameishin bla NLC eriya (Kriol version of NLC’s COVID-19 travel advice)

Jun 30, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

Dumaji Korounabairis / Covid-19 bin gamat iya la NT, NLC bin tok nobodi kaan yusum NLC permit brom Sandei Jun 27 raitap Fraidei Julai 2, 2021.

COVID-19: Travel advice within the NLC region (English version)

Jun 30, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus, Permits

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory, the NLC has suspended all permits from Sunday 27 June until Friday 2 July 2021.

Northern Land Council extends permit suspension to Friday

Jun 29, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

​The NLC has today extended the suspension of permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land to 1pm on Friday 2 July 2021.

A message to our mob from the Northern, Tiwi and Anindilyakwa Aboriginal Land Councils and AMSANT

Jun 28, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

Today NT Chief Minister Gunner advised that the NT lockdown would be extended for a further 72 hours until 1pm on Friday 2nd July 2021.

COVID-19 lockdown - Northern Land Council says ‘Stay Safe, Stay on Country, Care for Family’

Jun 27, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

Earlier today the Northern Territory Government declared that Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield local government areas will enter a full lockdown for 48 hours effective from 1pm on Sunday 27 June 2021.

NLC challenge overturns unsustainable water licence decision

Jun 24, 2021

Subject: Land Rights, Caring for Country

The announcement this week that a 10,000-megalitre water extraction licence in the Larrimah area has been revoked is a win for the environment and future generations of Territorians.

The Australian Electoral Commission must restore the NT Electoral Roll for remote Territorians

Jun 22, 2021

​The Northern Land Council applauds the efforts of Aboriginal Territorians Matthew Ryan of Maningrida and Ross Mandi of Galiwin’ku in lodging a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission about the failure of the Australian Electoral Commission to undertake the most basic task that the Commonwealth Parliament has given it – to ensure that all Australian voters are enrolled to vote.

NLC calls for urgent action on water security for our mob

Apr 22, 2021

Subject: Country, Land Rights

The NLC welcomes the announcement by the NT Government today that $28 million will be invested to improve water security in Aboriginal communities in the NT. However, while it’s good to see progress, as always the NT Government has remained silent on water security across all rural and remote communities.

Striking a fair balance between TOs’ sea country rights and access for recreational fishers

Feb 28, 2021

The Northern Land Council has introduced a simple and free registration process for recreational fishers to access areas of Aboriginal sea country.

The NLC’s women ranger employment program wins human rights award

Dec 11, 2020

Subject: Caring for Country

​The Caring for Country Branch’s Women’s Employment Program has received an award at the 2020 NT Human Rights Awards.

Almost four decades on: ‘a bittersweet and long-overdue’ handback of Gagaguwaja Aboriginal Land Trust

Nov 26, 2020

Subject: Native Title

Traditional Aboriginal owners of land in the Northern Territory’s remote Barkly Tablelands welcomed the gesture by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM MP, who has delivered to them the Deeds of Title to the Gagaguwaja Aboriginal Land Trust.

The NLC: looking forward to a continued ‘critical role’ in the COVID-19 response and the development of new Aboriginal economies in the NT

Nov 24, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC welcomes the recognition by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP of the ‘critical role’ the NLC and other NT Aboriginal Land Councils have played in the response to COVID-19.

The NLC draws line in sand on unlawful activity on Aboriginal land

Nov 4, 2020

Subject: Permits

The NLC has called for any person on Aboriginal land in the NLC area without a valid permit, lease or licence issued by the Land Council to leave immediately.

‘It’s always been in our hearts’ – an emotional day at Elliott for native title holders for Buchanan Downs and Hidden Valley pastoral leases

Oct 30, 2020

Subject: Native Title

The Northern Land Council congratulates the native title holders of two Barkly Region pastoral leases for their hard work resulting in the long-overdue recognition of their native title rights to country in an historic ceremony at the Northern Territory town of Elliott yesterday.

‘Tears of joy for the old people’: native title holders celebrate recognition of rights in country

Oct 29, 2020

Subject: Native Title

More than 150 people gathered at Old Banka Banka Homestead for a native title Consent Determination over pastoral leases in the Barkly region.

The Northern Land Council goes back to its roots - Territory Q magazine

Oct 8, 2020

Subject: Business

The Northern Land Council has gone 'back to basics' - helping Aboriginal people acquire and manage their traditional lands and sea.

The NLC welcomes High Court decision that clarifies performance of native title functions

Oct 7, 2020

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council (the NLC) welcomes today’s unanimous decision by the High Court that the NLC has the power to delegate to its CEO and other staff members the job of certifying applications for registration of Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs).

NLC welcomes recognition of native title rights to pastoral leases

Sep 22, 2020

Subject: Land Rights

The NLC congratulates native title holders of two pastoral leases for their hard work resulting in the long-overdue recognition of their native title rights to country.

Land Rights Act key for Mirarr traditional owners

Sep 3, 2020

Subject: Land Rights

A long struggle by the Mirarr people for ownership and control over the Jabiru township met with success today with the passage of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Jabiru) Act 2020.

Blue Mud Bay Plan will protect Aboriginal sea country rights

Sep 1, 2020

Subject: Sea Rights, Native Title

On 29 July 2020 the NLC and the NT Government signed the Blue Mud Bay Action Plan.

NT land councils: protection needed for remote drinking water supply

Jul 29, 2020

Subject: Country, Closing the Gap

The four Northern Territory land councils condemn the unacceptable lack of protection for safe and adequate drinking water in the NT.

Vale Jack Ah Kit – the NLC mourns the passing of a great leader

Jul 13, 2020

The Northern Land Council mourns the passing of John Ah Kit – known better to many as Jack Ah Kit or just Jack – who passed away on Sunday 12 July at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

NLC supports Kakadu traditional owners and calls for review of Parks’ management

Jul 8, 2020

The relationship between senior management and traditional owners at Kakadu national park requires urgent action to be resolved.

Traditional owners try tech to keep ancient language alive

Jul 8, 2020

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Malak Malak traditional owners have funded the development of a language app containing over 300 words and phrases. The Malak Malak Vocab Builder is now available on the Google Play and App store.

NT land councils want borders to remain closed

Jun 25, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

The Central Land Council and Northern Land Council call on the NT Government to keep the NT borders with all other jurisdictions closed until community transmission of COVID-19 has been eliminated in Australia.

NLC update on permit conditions after 5 June 2020

Jun 4, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

Restrictions on travel to and from remote communities in the Northern Territory will be lifted on 5 June.

Land Rights Act key to cultural integrity for the Mirarr traditional owners of Jabiru

May 13, 2020

Subject: Land Rights, Native Title

The NLC has welcomed the introduction of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Amendment (Jabiru) Bill 2020 into the Federal Parliament.

NLC’s Aboriginal language short films about COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

“Stay on country, care for family” in Yolngu Matha, one of 18 language messages produced by the NLC.

NLC’s Chairman shares a message about Coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

A message for all you mob in the NLC area from the Chairman, Samuel Bush-Blanasi. "Stay on country, look after your family and look after yourself."

New travel restrictions for communities in the NLC area

Mar 26, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The Commonwealth government announced that from midnight, 26 March, anyone wanting to enter ‘designated areas’ in the NT will need to self-isolate for 14 days before they can enter.

The NLC announces suspension of all permits to enter Aboriginal land for non-essential travel

Mar 14, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

At its meeting on 14 March 2020 the NLC Executive Council determined that all existing non-essential permits will be suspended and no new non-essential travel permits will be granted until further notice.

The NLC welcomes Aboriginal ranger funding extension

Mar 13, 2020

Subject: Caring for Country

The NLC welcomes the announcement that the NIAA Indigenous Ranger Program funding will be extended for seven years.

The NLC backs NTG’s call to cancel non-essential trips to remote Aboriginal communities

Mar 12, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC's Executive Council has met with the Northern Territory Department of Health and the Danila Dilba Health Service’s CEO Ms Olga Havnen to examine strategies and information focused on protecting Aboriginal communities in the NLC’s region from the risk of coronavirus.

Legune Station Native Title holders reach first community development milestone

Dec 9, 2019

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Native Title holders have been working with the NLC's Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program to complete an upgrade of their outstation at Marralum on Legune Station.