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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 Northern Territory Aboriginal Investment Corporation (NTAIC) met for the first time this week, 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.

History made with Aboriginal Sea Company incorporation

Feb 25, 2022

Subject: Sea Rights

On Friday 18 February 2022, the Aboriginal Sea Company (ASC) was incorporated, marking a major milestone in the historic Blue Mud Bay settlement.

“Boh boh comrade!” NLC pays tribute to a loyal servant of the NT, The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Member for Lingiari

Feb 17, 2022

Subject: Land Rights

Following his valedictory speech in Canberra yesterday the Northern Land Council takes this opportunity to thank the member for Lingiari, the Honourable Warren Snowdon MP, for his loyal service to the Northern Territory, and Aboriginal Territorians in particular, for over 30 years representing our interests in Canberra.

Biosecurity Zones extended across the NLC area

Feb 17, 2022

Subject: Coronavirus

The NLC welcomes the advice from the Commonwealth Health Department that the Biosecurity Zones established across the NLC area will be extended for a further two weeks to 3 March 2022.

Northern Land Council congratulates Indigenous carbon industry collaboration and leadership by Top End innovators

Feb 15, 2022

Subject: Caring for Country

The NLC congratulates everyone involved in the Savanna Fire Forum that commenced in Darwin today that will be followed by the inaugural National Indigenous Carbon Forum tomorrow.

‘A great day!’ – NLC welcomes the historic appointment of Ms Jody Broun as NIAA CEO

Feb 15, 2022

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council welcomes Ms Jody Broun’s appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Biosecurity Zones COVID-19 Exemption Form

Feb 3, 2022

Subject: Coronavirus

From 3 February 2022 a person wishing to travel to or from an Aboriginal land/community area which is both within the designated area specified in the determination and in the NLC region will need to have an Exemption Form.

Biosecurity Zones are needed to slow the spread of COVID

Feb 3, 2022

Subject: Coronavirus

The NLC welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth government, with the support of the NT government, to establish a series of Biosecurity Zones across the NLC area.

Northern Land Council congratulates Alan Young Najukpayi, OAM

Jan 26, 2022

Subject: Land Rights

The NLC congratulates Mr Young Najukpayi from Yarralin following the news that he has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

Northern Land Council: we need water management systems for this century, not the last one

Jan 21, 2022

Subject: Water

The NLC calls on the NT government to bring its water management system into the 21st century and in line with its commitments to Aboriginal Territorians.

An update on NLC meetings and offices

Jan 18, 2022

Subject: Coronavirus

The NLC's Accountable Authority* has issued a Direction to NLC staff that all meetings scheduled by the NLC will be postponed until further notice.

The NLC welcomes the appointment of Joe Martin-Jard as CEO

Dec 22, 2021

The Chair of the NLC, Mr Samuel Bush-Blanasi, today announced the appointment Mr Joe Martin-Jard as Chief Executive Officer.

We’ve got to save our kids from Covid’ - a message from NLC Chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi

Dec 14, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

There is nothing more important to Aboriginal Territorians than family.

Northern Land Council welcomes appointment of new NT Acting Treaty Commissioner

Dec 9, 2021

Subject: Treaty

The Northern Land Council welcomes the appointment of Tony McAvoy SC to the role of Acting Treaty Commissioner in the Northern Territory.

Aboriginal Intertidal Waters Access Map updated following consultations with Traditional Owners

Dec 3, 2021

Subject: Sea Rights

Recreational fishers will have access to more areas of Aboriginal sea country in the Northern Territory following extensive consultations between the Northern Land Council and Traditional Owners.

The Northern Land Council welcomes historic reforms to the Land Rights Act

Dec 1, 2021

Subject: Land Rights

The Northern Land Council today welcomes the passage of a historic set of reforms to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

Vale Mr David Dalaithngu - ‘an ambassador of Indigenous culture’

Nov 30, 2021

Subject: Country, Art

It is with deep sadness that the Northern Land Council acknowledges the passing of Mr David Dalaithngu.

Stay put: stop putting us at risk by moving around

Nov 19, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

With the COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory still growing, the Northern Land Council is calling on all people in the Territory to not enter or leave Aboriginal communities unless it is absolutely necessary.

Don’t make decisions about us without us

Nov 11, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

The Northern Land Council supports the call by the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory (AMSANT) that a safe reopening of the Northern Territory must be based on a number of key principles and actions.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for NLC permits from 12 November 2021

Nov 10, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

In accordance with the NT Chief Health Officer’s Direction No 55 of 13 October 2021, from 12 November 2021 the NLC will require its staff, and all workers on Aboriginal land, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Statement concerning allegations of COVID-19 vaccination payments

Nov 8, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

Below is a statement from the NLC concerning allegations made over the weekend that the NLC had made payments for people getting COVID-19 vaccinations. Those statements were false and had no basis in fact.

NLC to Chief Minister Gunner: “Don’t throw Aboriginal Territorians under the National Plan bus”

Oct 13, 2021

Subject: Coronavirus

The Northern Land Council – and other NT land councils and Aboriginal health peak bodies like AMSANT and NACCHO – has worked closely with the NT and Federal governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable populations, particularly Aboriginal Territorians living in remote communities and homelands.

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.