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The NLC supports call by Aboriginal health peak body for 90% vaccination rates

Sep 9, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

The NLC supports the call from AMSANT for a minimum Aboriginal vaccination rate of 90% across the NT before borders are opened.

Vale Mr J Wave Hill – the Northern Land Council mourns the passing of one of the leaders of the land rights movement

Aug 26, 2021

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council mourns the passing of Mr Wave Hill, who died on 25 August 2021, aged 85.

The NLC welcomes historic reforms to the Land Rights Act

Aug 25, 2021

Subject: Land Rights, Aboriginals Benefit Account

The NLC welcomes the introduction today in Parliament of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Economic Empowerment) Bill 2021.

Changes to the NLC’s temporary suspension of permits to enter Aboriginal Land

Aug 19, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC's temporary suspension of permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land in the NLC area has been lifted for permit holders that are not affected by the extended Katherine lockdown.

Northern Land Council suspends permits from midday today

Aug 16, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC has today suspended permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land in the NLC region from 12 midday on Monday 16 August 2021 until further notice.

Travel advice within the NLC region – update as at 16 August 2021

Aug 16, 2021

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 event in the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions all permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land in the NLC region are suspended from 12 midday on 16 August 2021 until further notice.

Northern Land Council: permit suspension ends at 1pm today

Jul 9, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus, Permits

The NLC’s temporary suspension of permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land in the Top End will be lifted at 1pm today.

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.

Northern Land Council: new access arrangements for Mini Mini and East Alligator River

Mar 21, 2021

The NLC is pleased to announce that, following recent consultations with traditional owners of sea country in the Mini Mini and East Alligator River regions, recreational fishers and tourists on organised fishing tours can now access hundreds of kilometres of prime fishing grounds in those areas that were previously closed subject to further consultations.

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.