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NLC CEO Joe Morrison on the lifting of the fracking moratorium

Apr 18, 2018

Joe Morrison speaks to Kate O'Toole on ABC Darwin Drive about the lifting of the fracking moratorium

ALFA Pre Fire Season Meeting

Apr 12, 2018

Our Yugul Mangi and Numbulwar Numburindi Rangers attended the annual pre fire season meeting organised by ALFA NT from 10-11 April at Barrapunta.

Subject: Caring for Country

Gunyungara signs Township Lease

Apr 04, 2018

The community of Gunyangara in north east Arnhem Land celebrated the signing of a 99-year township lease to the Ngarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation on 18 November 2017, 10 years after the Gumatj people, led by Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu, put forward a similar proposal to then Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough.

Subject: Land Rights

A Territory Treaty

Apr 04, 2018

The NLC’s Executive Council hosted a workshop in Darwin, 19-20 February, to discuss how a Treaty could be progressed between the Northern Territory Government and Aboriginal people. Staff of the Central Land Council also attended. The workshop preceded a meeting of the Executives of the four NT Land Councils in Darwin in early March.

Subject: Treaty

The Wardaman: Looking after Country

Mar 14, 2018

Birds are closely connected to Wardaman culture. Many Wardaman dances have been adapted from bird movements and much Wardaman rock art depicts birds.

Subject: Caring for Country

Remembering Land Rights News 1988

Mar 13, 2018

These days, the Northern and Central Land Councils each publishes its own editions of Land Rights News. Thirty years ago, the time of the Australia’s Bicentenary, Land Rights News was a joint publication, and its production was not without tribulation.

Subject: Land Rights

Evidence to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee on changes to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill

Mar 13, 2018

NLC CEO Joe Morrison and Principal Legal Officer Michael O’Donnell gave evidence to the NT Legislative Assembly’s Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee on 2 February, and argued for changes to the Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill.

Subject: Pastoral

Pastoral Land Bill Changes Wanted

Mar 13, 2018

The Northern Land Council is pressing the Northern Territory Government to amend its Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill, which, in its present form, would give pastoralists the right to secure sub-leases on their properties to allow for land to be used for a range of non-pastoral purposes, but would severely curtail the rights of native title holders.

Subject: Pastoral

International Women's Day 2018: Celebrating our strong women rangers

Mar 08, 2018

8 March is International Women's Day. Our deadly women rangers are keeping country and culture strong for future generations.

Land Councils Support Treaty

Mar 07, 2018

​In the wake of the despair of Indigenous Australians about the refusal of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to accept the recommendation of the Referendum Council as espoused in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the four Northern Territory Land Councils have embraced the decision of NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to open a discussion about a treaty with the Territory’s Aboriginal people.

Subject: Treaty

Native Title Act changes challenged

Mar 04, 2018

Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, comments on the Australian Government Options Paper, Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993, launched at the end of November 2017.

Subject: Native Title

NLC CEO Joe Morrison on ABC Darwin

Mar 02, 2018

NLC CEO Joe Morrison speaks to ABC Darwin's Conor Byrne about resetting the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, opportunities for Aboriginal Territorians and how to grapple with high levels of dysfunction, trauma, homelessness and alcoholism in our communities.

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

Fracking: NLC's position

Dec 18, 2017

Opinions about fracking among Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory are as diverse as among the rest of the population.

Rangers share knowldege at the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting

Dec 07, 2017

​NLC rangers attended the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting on 5-6 December in Nitmiluk National Park to share knowledge about the challenges and successes of fire management in Arnhem Land.

Subject: Caring for Country

There's no conflict between Indigenous people, native title and development

Nov 16, 2017

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 is very special legislation, not just for the Northern Territory but by world standards.

Subject: Northern Development

South east Arnhem Land fire abatement (SEALFA) project

Nov 09, 2017

Australia’s vast and ecologically intact northern tropical savannas are extremely flammable and recent fire regimes have been dominated by large, late dry season wildfires.

Subject: Caring for Country

The Living Room visits Mary River

Nov 02, 2017

On Tuesday the 16th of May, William Goodman, pre-recorded a bush tucker segment for the Living Room Show, with celebrity chef Miguel Mestre, which was aired nationally on Channel 10 in September.

Subject: Caring for Country

Project Sea Dragon: ILUA Seafarms Agreement

Oct 31, 2017

Native title holders have authorised an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for Stage 1 of Project Sea Dragon, which is planned eventually to deliver a massive prawn farm producing 100,000 tonnes of black tiger prawns a year on Legune Station in the far north-west of the Northern Territory.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking in Remote Communities

Oct 31, 2017

At Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation in Nhulunbuy, a team of Yolngu community members deliver programs and activities to support tobacco smokers wanting to quit.

Baniyala community working with NLC to explore lease options

Oct 31, 2017

The NLC has undertaken to work with the Baniyala community in east Arnhem Land to develop a workable model for the issue of local leases under the Land Rights Act.

Subject: Land Rights

Rockets to launch in north east Arnhem Land

Oct 31, 2017

The Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust has granted a lease over 275 hectares of land near Gulkula in north east Arnhem Land to Gumatj Corporation Limited for use as a commercial rocket launching facility.

McArthur River Mine Compensation Talks

Oct 31, 2017

The Northern Territory Government says it’s prepared to engage in discussions with the Northern Land Council about compensation to native title holders for the effect on native title rights and interests of the grant of mineral leases where the McArthur River Mine near Borroloola is situated.

NLC Rangers Learn New Skills at the Kimberley Ranger Forum

Oct 31, 2017

Hosted by the Kimberley Land Council through support from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, 34 rangers representing 12 NLC ranger groups attended the Kimberley Ranger Forum held on Bardi Jawi country in August at Pender Bay on the Dampier Peninsula, WA.

Subject: Caring for Country

Shall there be a treaty?

Oct 31, 2017

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has committed to engaging with Northern Territory Land Councils about a possible treaty.

Subject: Treaty

Caring for Country Women's Engagement Camp

Sep 30, 2017

Thirty Indigenous women rangers from eleven ranger groups gathered together in late September at Barrapunta Outstation (near Bulman) for the Women Rangers Engagement Camp.

Subject: Caring for Country

Indigenous Protected Area Dedication Ceremony

Sep 19, 2017

The Ritharrngu, Ngandi, Ngalakgan, Warndarrang, Marra, Alawa and Nunggubuyu Traditional Owners celebrated the dedication of the South East Arnhem Land Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) at a ceremony at Namiliwiri Outstation near Ngukurr on 19 September.

Subject: Caring for Country

Judbarra/Gregory National Park Joint Management Annual Camp

Jul 28, 2017

Holding an annual country camp is a founding principle of the Joint Management Partners of the Judbarra/Gregory National Park.

Subject: Caring for Country

Three new community development projects underway

Jul 27, 2017

It has been a busy and exciting time for the NLC’s Community Planning and Development Program, with the first three community development projects approved by Traditional owner groups.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Cherry Wulumirr Daniels awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of dedicating her life to the advancement of her community

Oct 31, 2016

Cherry Wulumirr Daniels OAM chose to share her joy of being awarded an Order of Australia in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List with her family and community of Ngukurr on 26 October. And so in front of a cheering crowd at the Ngukurr School she was formally handed her Order of Australia medal by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Hon. John Hardy OAM