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Northern Australia First Nations Alliance formed to represent First Nations interests in the North

Sep 28, 2023

Subject: Business

The formation of the Northern Australia First Nations Alliance (the Alliance) was yesterday ratified at a meeting in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Commercial fishing activity in Buckingham Bay reeled in due to inaction from NT Government

Sep 20, 2023

Subject: Sea Rights

In March 2023 the Northern Land Council (NLC) received a letter from the Member for Mulka, Yingiya Mark Guyula, relaying significant fisheries management concerns on behalf of families in the Buckingham Bay area of the East Arnhem region.

King Stingray headlines concert to celebrate 50 years of the Northern Land Council

Sep 13, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council is set to launch celebrations marking 50 years since the inaugural meeting of its first Full Council.

Northern Land Council call for harsher penalties around illegal land clearing

Sep 4, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The findings of the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security into illegal land clearing at Tarwoo Station represent a clear disregard by the Northern Territory Government in punishing criminal activity on land involving Aboriginal interests.

NT land councils bring Voice Declaration to the people’s house

Jun 22, 2023

Subject: Constitutional Recognition

The chairs of the four Northern Territory Aboriginal land councils will visit Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow to deliver the 2023.3 Barunga Declaration urging Australians to support a Voice to Parliament.

2023 Barunga Voice Declaration

Jun 15, 2023

Subject: Closing the Gap, Constitutional Recognition

The four Northern Territory Aboriginal land councils signed the Barunga Voice Declaration that addresses all Australians and urges them to support a Voice to Parliament

Federal Court decision welcomed

May 23, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council welcomes the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court, paving the way for the Gove Peninsula Yolŋu native title case and associated compensation claim to be heard.

NLC Chair awarded Honorary Doctorate

May 23, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council congratulates Dr Samuel Bush-Blanasi on the awarding of his well-deserved Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).

Yunupingu honoured as a man of action who spoke truth to power

May 22, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council today honoured Yunupingu as a fierce fighter for land and sea rights, the Land Council, and for Aboriginal people across Australia.

NLC welcome much needed investment in National Parks

Apr 26, 2023

Subject: Caring for Country

The Commonwealth Government’s announcement in the 2023-24 Budget of $262.3 million additional funding for Australia’s national parks has been warmly welcomed by the Northern Land Council.

Nation mourns loss of great leader

Apr 3, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

Today we mourn the loss of a great leader, statesman, and father. On behalf of past and present Members and staff, the Chair of the Northern Land Council, Dr Samuel Bush-Blanasi, offered his sincere condolences to Mr Yunupingu’s family.

Repairing nature means Caring for Country

Mar 29, 2023

Subject: Caring for Country

The Chair of the Northern Land Council, Dr Samuel Bush-Blanasi, today welcomed the introduction of legislation into the Commonwealth Parliament to establish a ‘nature repair’ market.

“Enough is enough” – legal proceedings launched to challenge decision to permit more land clearing at Auvergne Station

Feb 13, 2023

Subject: Pastoral

Legal proceedings were commenced on Friday 10 February 2023 in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, challenging a decision made on 25 November 2022 by a delegate of the Pastoral Land Board to grant a permit to clear native vegetation over at least 923 hectares of land at Auvergne Station.

The NLC’s new Darwin office precinct reaches critical milestone

Dec 20, 2022

Subject: Business

The development of the Northern Land Councils (NLC’s) new Darwin office precinct has reached a critical milestone, marking 50% design completion.

New arrangements for recreational fishing from 1 January 2023

Dec 8, 2022

Subject: Blue Mud Bay

Earlier today the Full Council of the Northern Land Council agreed to updated access arrangements for recreational fishers wanting to access waters overlying Aboriginal land from 1 January 2023.

NLC historic elections on the eve of 50th anniversary

Dec 7, 2022

Subject: Elections

The NLC made history today with delegates to the 124th Full Council meeting in Katherine voting to re-elect Samuel Bush-Blanasi as NLC Chair for a historic fourth term. Only one other person exceeds Dr Bush-Blanasi’s tenure as Chair of the Northern Land Council, the great Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM.

Northern Land Council condemns ‘sneaky’ Petroleum policy on the run

Nov 29, 2022

Subject: Mining

The Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 was introduced to the Northern Territory Parliament in mid-October by the Minister for Mining and Industry, Nicole Manison. Information released by the NT Government following the introduction of the bill (Community Bulletin #55) made no reference to changes in relation to so-called ‘appraisal gas’.

Northern Land Council statement on passage of the NT Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Nov 24, 2022

Subject: Water, Blue Mud Bay

The Northern Land Council welcomes the passage of the Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 in the NT Legislative Assembly overnight as the first milestone in the proposed legislative changes.

Critical milestone approaches for Blue Mud Bay

Nov 18, 2022

Subject: Blue Mud Bay

The end of December 2022 marks a significant milestone implementing the Blue Mud Bay Action Plan following the historic 2008 High Court decision.

NLC Chair announced NT Australian of the Year’

Nov 1, 2022

The Northern Land Council congratulates Chair, Samuel Bush-Blanasi, for his award as the 2023 Northern Territory Australian of the Year.

Racism in the AFL is a shameful betrayal of trust for all Aboriginal Territorians’

Sep 23, 2022

Subject: Racism

Chairman of the Northern Land Council, Samuel Bush-Blanasi has reflected on the continuing controversies about racist treatment of Aboriginal players in the AFL system.

Historic meeting of NT Land Councils held on Gurindji country

Aug 26, 2022

Subject: Land Rights, Treaty, Closing the Gap

The four NT Land Councils held a historic meeting on Gurindji country, on Thursday, 25 August 2022.

Celebrating 10 years of successful two-way education

Aug 9, 2022

Subject: Learning on Country

More than a hundred remote middle and senior school students, teachers, principals, rangers and coordinators from across the Northern Territory have come together (9th to 11th August) at Nitmiluk National Park to celebrate 10 years of the Learning on Country Program.

The NLC looks to local talent and the future with new head office

Jul 21, 2022

Subject: Business

The NLC has reached an exciting stage in the development of its new Darwin head office at 29 Julius Street, Berrimah.

Northern Land Council supports NTG call for COVID vigilance – but don’t forget the flu!

Jul 7, 2022

Subject: Coronavirus

The NLC supports NT Chief Minister's call for increased vigilance in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the BA4 and BA5 Omicron variants in the NT.

Propelling Traditional Owners into key role in NT’s space industry

Jun 27, 2022

Subject: Northern Development

The NLC is proud to support the involvement of Traditional Owners in the NT’s space industry, which reached a historic milestone in late June with Australia’s first commercial space launch.

Northern Land Council supports PM’s call for an end to voter suppression in the NT

Jun 9, 2022

Subject: Voter ID Bill

The Northern Land Council endorses Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s call for a comprehensive review of the recent Federal election in the Northern Territory seat of Lingiari.

A great heart’: Vale Sir Gerard Brennan

Jun 2, 2022

Subject: Native Title

The Northern Land Council acknowledges the passing of Sir Gerard Brennan in Sydney on 1 June 2022.

Aboriginal Sea Company to make waves with new Chair and CEO

May 26, 2022

Subject: Sea Rights

The NLC congratulates Calvin Deveraux as Chairman and Robert ‘Bo’ Carne as CEO of the recently incorporated Aboriginal Sea Company (ASC).

‘Relations off to good start’: NLC welcomes new Albanese government

May 26, 2022

Subject: Business

The Northern Land Council is committed to working closely with the new Labor Federal Government to achieve further progress for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Northern Land Council welcomes Hon. Natasha Fyles to role of NT Chief Minister

May 13, 2022

Subject: Business

The Northern Land Council welcomes the appointment of the Hon. Natasha Fyles as Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

NLC thanks NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner for his service

May 11, 2022

Subject: Business

Following his budget speech yesterday and news of his resignation, the NLC takes this opportunity to pay gratitude to the NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner for his service to the NT and Aboriginal Territorians in particular.

Historic Milestone for NT Aboriginal Investment Corporation

May 3, 2022

Subject: Aboriginals Benefit Account

The Interim Board of the NT Aboriginal Investment Corporation (NTAIC) met for the first time on 27-28 April in Darwin.

NLC calls for a fair go for Aboriginal Territorians at the 2022 election: ‘Stop discriminating against us because of where we live!’

Apr 8, 2022

Subject: Voter ID Bill

This week the Northern Land Council released the latest short film in its months-long campaign to encourage Aboriginal Territorians to enrol to vote and to raise awareness about the failure by the Australian Electoral Commission (the AEC) to ensure people living in remote Aboriginal communities and homelands get on the electoral roll.

The NLC pays tribute to outgoing Central Land Council chairman Sammy Wilson and deputy chairwoman Barb Shaw

Apr 7, 2022

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council welcomes the news of the election of Mr Robert Hoosan as Central Land Council chair and Warren Williams as deputy chair at the CLC’s meeting at Tennant Creek yesterday.

Project Sea Dragon setback ‘disappointing’ but native title holders will still benefit

Apr 5, 2022

Subject: Community Planning & Development

The recent announcement by Seafarms that plans for the world's largest prawn farm on Legune Station in the NT have been delayed is disappointing, but not the end of the road for native title holders, according to NLC CEO Joe Martin-Jard.

Aboriginal lawyer Shekira Cardona’s admission to practice brings passion for change to the NLC

Mar 29, 2022

Subject: Legal

The Northern Land Council welcomes the admission of Shekira Cardona to the roll of legal practitioners of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

Traditional Owners celebrate the handback of Urapunga township and Old Elsey Homestead site

Mar 25, 2022

Subject: Land Rights

On behalf of the Traditional Owners, the Northern Land Council welcomes the resolution of two land claims in the Roper River region of the Northern Territory.

‘45 years of unfinished business’ resolved with handback of land at Kakadu

Mar 25, 2022

Subject: Land Rights

Traditional Owners of the land in the Kakadu region celebrated the return of their ancestral lands to their control following the delivery of the Deeds of Title to large tracts of the Kakadu National Park by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP.

NLC Biosecurity Zones end at midnight, 3 March 2022

Mar 3, 2022

Subject: Coronavirus

The Northern Land Council notes the decision by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments not to extend the Biosecurity Zones across the NLC area.