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Legune Station Native Title holders reach first community development milestone

Dec 09, 2019

Native Title holders in the Top End of the Northern Territory have been working with the NLC's Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program to complete an upgrade of their outstation at Marralum on Legune Station, 100km north east of Kununurra.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

The NLC members back stability and renewal

Dec 04, 2019

Delegates to the 121st Full Council meeting of the NLC have voted to return Samuel Bush-Blanasi as Chairman of the NLC, with Calvin Deveraux being elected as Deputy Chair.

The NLC reinforces that any examination of Yuendumu shooting be independent and transparent

Nov 12, 2019

The Chairman and Members of the NLC extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kumanjayi Walker at this difficult time.

NLC to NT government: ‘Stop blaming Aboriginal people for your failures’

Oct 14, 2019

The Northern Land Council says Aboriginal Territorians have been betrayed by the shock announcement today that the government won’t proceed with proposed amendments to the Pastoral Land Act.

Burial & Cremation Bill fails Aboriginal people

Oct 13, 2019

The Northern Land Council is profoundly disappointed with the failure of the NT Legislative Assembly’s Social Policy Scrutiny Committee to address serious concerns raised by Aboriginal people about the Burial & Cremation Bill 2019.

Learning on Country: connecting school students to work on country

Sep 09, 2019

More than 80 school principals, teachers, rangers and ranger coordinators, Learning on Country coordinators and Indigenous cultural advisors came together for a three-day Learning on Country forum in Darwin this month.

Subject: Caring for Country

NLC calls on the NT Government to delay the introduction of the Burial & Cremation Bill

Sep 05, 2019

The NLC's East Arnhem Regional Council has urged the NT Government to delay the introduction of the contentious Burial & Cremation Bill (2018) into the Legislative Assembly at the next sitting.

Rangers honing their skills at 2019 Indigenous Ranger Forum

Sep 03, 2019

Hundreds of Indigenous rangers travelled thousands of kilometres from across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland to learn, grow and share their knowledge last week.

NLC Regional Councils shout out on water security crisis in the bush

Aug 21, 2019

The 42nd joint meeting of the NLC's Borroloola Barkly and Ngukurr Regional Councils at Robinson River heard more details about an impending water security crisis in remote communities and homelands in the NLC’s area.

NLC objects to the McArthur River Mine approvals

Aug 20, 2019

The NLC objects to Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby’s approval of an amendment to the existing mine management plan (MMP) for the McArthur River Mine.

West Arnhem and Katherine Regional Councils express ‘anger and disappointment’ at health service provision out bush

Aug 19, 2019

At their meeting at Jabiru this week the Northern Land Council’s West Arnhem and Katherine Regional Councils passed a resolution expressing anger and disappointment at the poor state of health services for remote communities in the Katherine and West Arnhem regions.

Native Title over Pine Creek finally recognised

Apr 09, 2019

The Wagiman and Jawoyn Bolmo, Matjba and Wurrkbarbar groups were today recognised as the native title holders of the town of Pine Creek at a dedication ceremony held in the town, 20 years after it was lodged.

Pine Creek Native Title Determination Ceremony

Apr 08, 2019

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a special hearing in Pine Creek at 11am on Tuesday 9 April 2019 to recognise native title rights and interests over the town.

Meet NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour

Mar 19, 2019

​Tiwi woman Marion Scrymgour has today been announced as the new CEO of the Northern Land Council, the first woman to hold the CEO position at any Northern Territory land council.

NLC welcomes High Court judgment of native title compensation at Timber Creek

Mar 13, 2019

The NLC interim CEO, Jak Ah Kit, today welcomed the High Court’s judgment which awarded compensation of $2,530,350 to the Ngaliwurru and Nangali peoples – including $1.3 million for cultural loss – for the extinguishment of native title by NT Government grants of land since 1975.

Audit Committee exonerates NLC Executive Council over conflict of interest claims

Mar 08, 2019

The NLC interim CEO, Jak Ah Kit, today welcomed the NLC Audit Committee’s recognition that Executive Council members properly handled concerns about conflicts of interest.

Minister's Extraordinary Full Council Meeting

Mar 04, 2019

The interim NLC CEO, Dr Jak Ah Kit, today slammed the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Senator Nigel Scullion, for dismissing the NLC’s decision to also meet on Thursday 7 March 2019 (the day prior to the Minister’s extraordinary Full Council meeting on 8 March 2019) to discuss an Audit Committee report and a written opinion by Raelene Webb QC as “political games”.

Minister's extraordinary Full Council meeting

Feb 22, 2019

The interim NLC CEO, Dr Jak Ah Kit, today condemned the announcement by Senator Nigel Scullion, Indigenous Affairs Minister, that he will convene an extraordinary NLC Full Council meeting in two weeks on Friday 8 March 2019 to consider perceived conflict of interest “findings” said to be contained in an Audit Committee report.

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 Governance Issues and NLC Chief Executive Officer arrangements

Feb 03, 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.

Intertidal zone permit waiver extended for 6 months

Dec 04, 2018

Joint media release between the Northern Land Council, Northern Territory Government, the NT Seafood Council and the Amateur Fishermen’s’ Association of the Northern Territory

Subject: Sea Rights

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.

Blue Mud Bay: Conditional Waiver Extension

Nov 15, 2018

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council has conditionally approved a six-month extension of the waiver of the need for permits to access the Aboriginal-owned intertidal zone. The waiver is set to expire on 31 December 2018.

Subject: Sea Rights, Permits

Jabiru Native Title claim

Nov 08, 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.

Progress towards resolving intertidal access

Oct 26, 2018

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.

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.

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.

Barunga Agreement: Joint Land Councils and Northern Territory Government Statement

Jun 08, 2018

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.

Subject: Treaty

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 05, 2018

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

Sacred sites protected under final Kenbi Open Area Declaration

Mar 22, 2018

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

NLC cautiously welcomes Committee’s report into Pastoral Land Bill

Mar 16, 2018

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

NLC CEO appointed to Indigenous Reference Group to develop the north

Jan 02, 2018

NLC CEO Mr Joe Morrison has been appointed to the Indigenous Reference Group to advance Indigenous economic interests in the North.

Subject: Northern Development

Northern Land Council extends waiver over intertidal zone

Nov 15, 2017

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

Nov 14, 2017

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

Memorandum of Understanding promotes Indigenous involvement in the Top End

Oct 23, 2017

Lendlease today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northern Land Council acknowledging a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation on Lendlease projects in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Subject: Northern Development

Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Oct 19, 2017

The Northern Land Council has called on NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to withdraw a bill introduced to Parliament yesterday which would enable the grant of subleases on pastoral leases for non-pastoral purposes.

Subject: Northern Development, Pastoral