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ALFA Pre Fire Season Meeting

Our Yugul Mangi and Numbulwar Numburindi Rangers attended the annual pre fire season meeting organised by ALFA NT from 10-11 April at Barrapunta.

Subject: Caring for Country

Kenbi Land Use agreement to protect flatback turtle

Sea Darwin has entered into a licence agreement with Kenbi Aboriginal Land Trust to maintain access to Ngulbitjik (Bare Sand Island) for running exclusive turtle tours.

Land Councils and Northern Territory agree on an MoU for Treaty

A historic meeting between the Northern Territory Government and the Territory’s four land councils has agreed to establish a working group to develop a Memorandum of Understanding about how a treaty between the government and the NT’s Aboriginal people should progress.

Subject: Treaty

Gunyungara signs Township Lease

The community of Gunyangara in north east Arnhem Land celebrated the signing of a 99-year township lease to the Ngarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation on 18 November 2017, 10 years after the Gumatj people, led by Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu, put forward a similar proposal to then Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough.

Subject: Land Rights

A Territory Treaty

The NLC’s Executive Council hosted a workshop in Darwin, 19-20 February, to discuss how a Treaty could be progressed between the Northern Territory Government and Aboriginal people. Staff of the Central Land Council also attended. The workshop preceded a meeting of the Executives of the four NT Land Councils in Darwin in early March.

Subject: Treaty

Sacred sites protected under final Kenbi Open Area Declaration

The Northern Land Council has welcomed the official gazettal this week of the Kenbi Open Area Declaration over beaches and the intertidal zone of Aboriginal land in the Cox Peninsula vicinity.

Subject: Land Rights

Submission to the Northern Territory Social Policy Scrutiny Committee: Animal Protection Bill 2018

The Northern Land Council (NLC) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Social Policy Scrutiny Committee and is hopeful that the advice provided will be seriously considered in the formulation of the Committee’s report to the Legislative Assembly in respect of the Animal Protection Bill 2018.

NLC cautiously welcomes Committee’s report into Pastoral Land Bill

The Northern Land Council has cautiously welcomed the report of the NT Parliament’s Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee which examined the government’s Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill.

Subject: Native Title

The Wardaman: Looking after Country

Birds are closely connected to Wardaman culture. Many Wardaman dances have been adapted from bird movements and much Wardaman rock art depicts birds.

Subject: Caring for Country

Remembering Land Rights News 1988

These days, the Northern and Central Land Councils each publishes its own editions of Land Rights News. Thirty years ago, the time of the Australia’s Bicentenary, Land Rights News was a joint publication, and its production was not without tribulation.

Subject: Land Rights

Evidence to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee on changes to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill

NLC CEO Joe Morrison and Principal Legal Officer Michael O’Donnell gave evidence to the NT Legislative Assembly’s Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee on 2 February, and argued for changes to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill.

Subject: Pastoral

Pastoral Land Bill Changes Wanted

The Northern Land Council is pressing the Northern Territory Government to amend its Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill, which, in its present form, would give pastoralists the right to secure sub-leases on their properties to allow for land to be used for a range of non-pastoral purposes, but would severely curtail the rights of native title holders.

Subject: Pastoral

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

Land Rights News Northern Edition February 2018

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

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 Joe Morrison on ABC Darwin

NLC CEO Joe Morrison speaks to ABC Darwin's Conor Byrne about resetting the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, opportunities for Aboriginal Territorians and how to grapple with high levels of dysfunction, trauma, homelessness and alcoholism in our communities.

Wagiman Ranger Story - Bellyache Bush 2016-2017

Hear about the "Bellyache bush walk," a weed control bush walk that also takes to the skies to monitor crocodiles, buffaloes, cattle, pigs and horses.

Subject: Caring for Country

Malak Malak ranger story

Meet Matthew, Amos, Aaron and Rob from the Malak Malak Ranger Group as they take you across their country. The Malak Malak Rangers manage 30,000 hectares of land along the iconic Daly River. Their land and sea management activities include managing intense invasive weed infestations, fire management, environmental monitoring and scared site protection. Their persistent work has seen the invasive weed Mimosa pigra eradicated on a 30km stretch of the Daly River.

Subject: Caring for Country

Sabrina Wauchope, Croker Island Junior Ranger

Sabrina Wauchope, 16, is training to become a Garngi Ranger in her home of Croker Island. This video was put together by female rangers who took part in media training at the Womens' Engagement Camp at Barrapunta Outstation in late September.

Subject: Caring for Country

Bulgul Ranger Group

Find out how Bulgul Rangers have returned their country to almost the way it was in the past. Quolls, dingos and migratory birds have now been identified, thought to have nearly disappeared. Ranger coordinator Ricky Cubillo tells NLC: "Our culture can be passed on to the younger generations and stories won't be lost thanks to the work of the Bulgul Ranger Group."

Subject: Caring for Country

Numbulwar Numburindi Ranger Group

The Numburindi ranger group has one of the highest number of women engaged in the program. Numburindi Rangers have decided that regular women's culture camps should be held to engage young women from the community with cultural heritage, healthy living and land management activities.

Subject: Caring for Country

Wudicupildiyerr Outstation Rangers

The Wudicupildiyerr Outstation Rangers look after 160,000 hectares of land and sea throughout the Daly River/Port Keats Land Trust. Since this video was made, Wudi Rangers have been successful in receiving NTG funding to provide infrastructure including power, ablution facilities and amenities at their ranger base, enabling them to continue the great work they have achieved over the years.

Roper Highway Upgrade

The Roper River Highway connects the Stuart Highway at Mataranka with the remote community of Ngukurr. Following consultation and negotiation with Traditional Owners by the Northern Land Council, 7.3 km of sealed road and two high level bridges ave been constructed at the Roper River Crossing and the Wilton river Crossing.

Ganalanga Mindibirrina - Home of the Waanyi Garawa people

The Ganalanga-Mindibirrina Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was declared on 29 June 2015 with a ceremony held at Wallace Creek on 29 June 2016. Hear from the Waanyi and Garawa people on what the Ganalanga Mindibirrina Indigenous Protected Area means to them.

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

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

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

NLC submission to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

NLC submission to the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory regarding the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Subject: Pastoral

NLC Annual Report 2016-17

The Northern Land Council Annual Report 2016-17 provides a comprehensive account of the Council’s performance from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

Land Rights News Northern Edition October 2017

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.