Progress towards resolving intertidal access

Date: Oct 26, 2018

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The Northern Land Council, represented by the Sea Country Working Group, today met with the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Seafood Council, and Northern Territory Government to discuss and progress resolution of intertidal access in Northern Territory waters that overlay Aboriginal land.

The Northern Land Council, represented by the Sea Country Working Group, today met with the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Seafood Council, and Northern Territory Government to discuss and progress resolution of intertidal access in Northern Territory waters that overlay Aboriginal land.

The Chairman of the NLC, Samuel Bush-Blanasi, stated that, “the meeting represents a significant and positive step towards resolving complex issues that arose from the High Court’s determination in 2008, otherwise known as the ‘Blue Mud Bay’ decision”.

The NLC provided an update to the meeting on the last 12 month’s progress towards developing coastal management plans, a revised and modern permit system, commercial leasing and licensing, and Traditional Owner aspirations for a comprehensive settlement to resolve outstanding issues of access and management.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Seafood Council, Katherine Winchester, stated, “critical decisions are still to be made and we need to ensure appropriate resources are in place for the work ahead. Resolution of intertidal issues will provide much needed certainty for industry and businesses”.

The Vice President of the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, Dennis Smart, said that their involvement in the meeting is appreciated and crucial to help provide clarity to their members and the recreational fishing community in general; it also provides an opportunity to contribute to these important discussions.

The parties noted much positive work had been done and agreed to continue collaborating for the benefit of all Territorians.

The outcomes of today will advise the 118th meeting of the NLC’s Full Council, scheduled to occur during November. At that meeting, the Council will consider access arrangements from 1st January 2019 and involvement of Traditional Owners in the future management of the NT’s unique coastline, as well as the participation in the seafood industry.

NLC contact: Martha Tattersall 0427 031 382