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Jawoyn Traditional Owners’ High Court win affirms protection of sacred sites in the NT

May 8, 2024

Subject: Legal

Today’s successful High Court appeal settles that the Director of National Parks cannot rely on so-called ‘Crown immunity’ to avoid criminal penalties for damaging sacred sites in the Northern Territory.

Rangers’ joint compliance patrol leads to successful prosecutions

Mar 28, 2024

Subject: Sea Rights

Four people fishing without Northern Land Council (NLC) permits have received fines, after being caught in a joint exercise by Bulgul and Kakadu Rangers.

Borroloola residents recount horror, as community becomes latest to suffer inadequate emergency response

Mar 26, 2024

Subject: Emergency Response

The NLC met with Borroloola flood evacuees in Darwin on the weekend and joins with them in urging Federal and Northern Territory governments to address poor emergency communications, evacuation processes, and future preparedness.

NLC appoints Interim CEO

Mar 15, 2024

The Northern Land Council has appointed Mrs Jessie Schaecken to the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Arnhem Land water supply improvements a positive step

Mar 15, 2024

Subject: Water

The NLC welcomes the Federal and Northern Territory governments’ joint commitment to important water infrastructure upgrades in Maningrida, Numbulwar, Yirrkala, and Gunyangara.

NLC announces change of leadership

Mar 14, 2024

Subject: Business

The Northern Land Council (NLC) has announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joe Martin-Jard, is leaving the role, effective Friday.

NLC meets with Prime Minister to raise crucial issues

Mar 13, 2024

Subject: Closing the Gap, Housing

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council (NLC) hosted Federal politicians in Katherine, Northern Territory, yesterday.

NLC elects new Chair

Mar 11, 2024

Subject: Elections

The Full Council of the Northern Land Council elected Matthew Ryan as its new Chair in Katherine today.

High Court upholds Native Title rights

Feb 8, 2024

The High Court of Australia yesterday delivered a landmark ruling in favour of Yanyuwa and Yanyuwa-Mara native title holders.

Nitjpurru Community Leader Calls Out NT Chief Minister

Feb 1, 2024

Raymond Hector has voiced his dismay at the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s recent statements concerning flood-ravaged Nitjpurru (Pidgeon Hole).

Treaty Reboot Welcomed

Jan 23, 2024

The NLC welcomes the recommencement of the Northern Territory Treaty process.

Gunlom Falls Traditional Owners in High Court testcase

Dec 11, 2023

Subject: Land Rights

Traditional Owners of Gunlom Falls have today travelled to Canberra in the pursuit of justice.

The NLC welcomes the Nature Repair Market Bill and new ‘water trigger’ changes

Dec 6, 2023

Subject: Environment

The NLC welcomes the successful passing of the Nature Repair Market Bill through the Senate.

NLC Official Statement Passing of NLC Chairman

Nov 13, 2023

Today we mourn the loss of Dr Bush-Blanasi. His mother was a Yolngu woman from the Blue Mud Bay region and he was raised by a Mayili man from Wugularr community (Beswick).

Land Councils joint statement about the Referendum outcome

Oct 21, 2023

Subject: Closing the Gap, Constitutional Recognition, Elections

Through the Uluru Statement, Aboriginal people asked to be recognised in the Nation’s founding document and for a formal process to be established to inform government decision making on policy that affects our people and our communities

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.

NLC calls 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.