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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.
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.
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.
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.
Aug 21, 2019
This week’s 42nd joint meeting of the Northern Land Council’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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Feb 03, 2019
Statement from NLC Interim Acting CEO Rick Fletcher
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 02, 2018
NLC CEO Mr Joe Morrison has been appointed to the Indigenous Reference Group to advance Indigenous economic interests in the North.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.