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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

NLC Welcomes Settlement at Gunyangara

Oct 06, 2017

The Northern Land Council has welcomed the settlement of the legal challenge by members of the Rirratjingu clan to the grant of a 99-year township lease on Aboriginal land at Gunyangara in north east Arnhem Land.

Land Councils convene to focus on a new approach to Indigenous advancement

Sep 29, 2017

Today, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Kimberley Land Council and the Northern Land Council met in Sydney to commence a high-level dialogue aimed at resetting the relationship between Indigenous Australians, Governments and the broader Australian society.

Royal Commission compromised from the start

Jul 28, 2016

Three Northern Territory Aboriginal peak organisations say they are bitterly disappointed that the Prime Minister has ignored their request to be consulted about the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into child protection and youth detention in the Northern Territory, and utterly reject his choice of former NT Chief Justice Brian Martin as the Royal Commissioner.

Landmark “Right to Trade” decision

Jul 01, 2016

The Federal Court has recognised the rights of the Rrumburriya Borroloola people (the traditional owners of Borroloola and members of the wider Yanyuwa group) to exclusive possession over vacant crown land in the town, and to take and use resources for any purpose including commercial purposes – a so-called “right to trade”.

Land Councils urge Senate support for positive Land Rights Act amendments

Nov 25, 2015

THE Northern and Central Land Councils have welcomed the Federal Government’s willingness to negotiate significant amendments to the provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act which allow some of the land councils’ functions to be delegated to Aboriginal corporations.

Native Title recognised at Borroloola

Nov 24, 2015

​THE Federal Court has determined that Aboriginal people in the Gulf country of the Northern Territory have native title rights over six pastoral leases which cover more than 15,000 square kilometres of coastal and inland country.

NLC puts political parties on notice

Nov 23, 2015

AFTER meeting last week at Gulkula in north-east Arnhem Land, the 111th Full Council of the Northern Land Council stated that policy failures of successive governments have left Indigenous people untrusting of interference in their lives.

NLC puts NT Government on notice

Nov 18, 2015

THE Northern Land Council has put the Northern Territory Government on notice that any dilution of the Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act will be strenuously opposed.