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NLC welcomes new Treaty Commissioner

Feb 18, 2019

The Northern Land Council welcomes the appointment of Professor Michael Dodson AM to the role of Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner.

NLC and CLC Joint Submission to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee

Feb 15, 2019

Northern Land Council and Central Land Council Joint Submission to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

NLC Governance Issues and NLC Chief Executive Officer arrangements

Feb 3, 2019

Statement from NLC Interim Acting CEO Rick Fletcher

NLC welcomes new Aboriginal Affairs minister

Jan 31, 2019

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

Jan 23, 2019

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

Jan 22, 2019

Subject: Caring for Country

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.

Waanyi-Garawa ranger presents at international conference

Jan 22, 2019

Subject: Caring for Country

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. ​

ABA Homelands Project Update

Dec 23, 2018

Subject: Aboriginals Benefit Account

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.

History made as native title rights finally recognised

Dec 22, 2018

Subject: Native Title

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

High Court comes to Darwin: Valuing native title in dollars

Dec 21, 2018

Subject: Native Title

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.

NLC prepares for 2019 council elections

Dec 21, 2018

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.

Timber Creek Rangers trained in sawfish monitoring

Dec 19, 2018

Subject: Caring for Country

NLC’s Timber Creek rangers and CSIRO have established a sawfish monitoring program on the Victoria River to record population estimates.

Aboriginal Housing NT takes home Fitzgerald Human Rights Award

Dec 18, 2018

Subject: Housing

​Aboriginal Housing NT (AHNT) has won the 2018 NT Human Rights Commission’s Fitzgerald Award for Diversity.

NLC welcomes amendment to NLC Land Rights Act

Nov 26, 2018

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

NLC Annual Report 2017-18

Nov 21, 2018

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.

Jabiru Native Title claim

Nov 8, 2018

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.

Media Alert: Larrimah Native Title Recognition Ceremony

Oct 22, 2018

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

Sep 20, 2018

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

Aug 30, 2018

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Native title holders are driving upgrades to Marralum outstation near the Western Australian border using funds generated from a major prawn farm project.

Re-connecting Women with Country

Aug 28, 2018

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

Aug 27, 2018

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

Aug 10, 2018

​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

Jul 6, 2018

Subject: Caring for Country

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.

The Barunga Agreement

Jun 8, 2018

Subject: Treaty

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.

Barunga Agreement: Joint Land Councils and Northern Territory Government Statement

Jun 8, 2018

Subject: Treaty

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.

Vernon Islands Handed Back

Jun 1, 2018

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

Jun 1, 2018

Subject: Caring for Country

Two NLC rangers are among the first six Indigenous Rangers in the Northern Territory to become Fisheries Inspectors.

Community Planning and Development: Youth Activities in Galiwin’ku

Jun 1, 2018

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

Jun 1, 2018

Subject: Closing the Gap

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).

ABC Darwin: Ranger funding announcement 2018

Apr 27, 2018

Subject: Caring for Country

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.

ALFA Pre Fire Season Meeting

Apr 12, 2018

Subject: Caring for Country

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

Kenbi Land Use agreement to protect flatback turtle

Apr 11, 2018

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

Apr 5, 2018

Subject: 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.

Gunyungara signs Township Lease

Apr 4, 2018

Subject: Land Rights

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.

A Territory Treaty

Apr 4, 2018

Subject: 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.