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Welcome to the resource area for locating NLC publications including media releases, newsletters, public notices and the Land Rights News (Northern Edition), Australia's longest running Aboriginal newspaper.

Land Rights News (Northern Edition) is published by the Northern Land Council and is distributed free to communities in the Northern Territory. See the rates to advertise in the only newspaper to reliably reach Aboriginal people in the remote Top End.

International Women's Day 2018: Celebrating our strong women rangers

8 March is International Women's Day. Our deadly women rangers are keeping country and culture strong for future generations.

Land Councils Support Treaty

​In the wake of the despair of Indigenous Australians about the refusal of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to accept the recommendation of the Referendum Council as espoused in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the four Northern Territory Land Councils have embraced the decision of NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to open a discussion about a treaty with the Territory’s Aboriginal people.

Subject: Treaty

Native Title Act changes challenged

Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, comments on the Australian Government Options Paper, Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993, launched at the end of November 2017.

Subject: Native Title

NLC CEO appointed to Indigenous Reference Group to develop the north

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

Subject: Northern Development

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

​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

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

South east Arnhem Land fire abatement (SEALFA) project

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

Project Sea Dragon: ILUA Seafarms Agreement

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.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking in Remote Communities

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

Baniyala community working with NLC to explore lease options

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

Rockets to launch in north east Arnhem Land

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

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.

NLC Rangers Learn New Skills at the Kimberley Ranger Forum

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

Shall there be a treaty?

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

Subject: Treaty

Caring for Country Women's Engagement Camp

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

Malak Malak and Yugul Mangi Rangers sawfish surveys

The Largetooth Sawfish (scientific name Pristis pristis, known locally as Tyemerirriny) can be found in the freshwater section of a number of big rivers in northern Australia.

Subject: Caring for Country

Indigenous Protected Area Dedication Ceremony

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

Judbarra/Gregory National Park Joint Management Annual Camp

Holding an annual country camp is a founding principle of the Joint Management Partners of the Judbarra/Gregory National Park.

Subject: Caring for Country

Three new community development projects underway

It has been a busy and exciting time for the NLC’s Community Planning and Development Program, with the first three community development projects approved by Traditional owner groups.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

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

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