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Ranger Compliance Support Project Update Dec 2019

Jan 17, 2020

What you need to know about the Ranger Compliance Support Project at the Northern Land Council.

Subject: Caring for Country

Meet the NLC's new Full Council

Dec 18, 2019

Australia's longest-running Aboriginal newspaper, telling stories from remote Aboriginal lands from across the Northern Territory.

Subject: Newspaper

NLC's Community Planning and Development Program - an overview

Dec 18, 2019

Watch this video to learn more about the NLC's Community Planning and Development Program.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Community Planning and Development Newsletter

Dec 12, 2019

Aboriginal groups continue to work with the NLC’s Community Planning and Development (CP&D) team to drive their own development. Through the CP&D Program Aboriginal groups use their land use agreement income to do projects that bring lasting community benefit.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Legune Station Native Title holders reach first community development milestone

Dec 09, 2019

Native Title holders in the Top End of the Northern Territory have been working with the NLC's Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program to complete an upgrade of their outstation at Marralum on Legune Station, 100km north east of Kununurra.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Indigenous Ranger Forum 2019

Dec 04, 2019

Hundreds of rangers from across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland came together near Darwin in August to share their knowledge and hone their skills.

Subject: Caring for Country

The NLC members back stability and renewal

Dec 04, 2019

Delegates to the 121st Full Council meeting of the NLC have voted to return Samuel Bush-Blanasi as Chairman of the NLC, with Calvin Deveraux being elected as Deputy Chair.

The NLC reinforces that any examination of Yuendumu shooting be independent and transparent

Nov 12, 2019

The Chairman and Members of the NLC extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kumanjayi Walker at this difficult time.

Territory Q's profile of NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour

Nov 08, 2019

Marion Scrymgour was the first Indigenous woman in Parliament and later became the first Indigenous leader of an Australian government in history when she was made Acting Chief Minister.

NLC to NT government: ‘Stop blaming Aboriginal people for your failures’

Oct 14, 2019

The Northern Land Council says Aboriginal Territorians have been betrayed by the shock announcement today that the government won’t proceed with proposed amendments to the Pastoral Land Act.

Burial & Cremation Bill fails Aboriginal people

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.

Connecting school students to learn on country

Oct 11, 2019

A three-day Learning on Country forum took place in Darwin in September, involving more than 80 school principals, teachers, rangers and ranger coordinators, Learning on Country coordinators and Indigenous cultural advisors.

Subject: Caring for Country

Learning on Country: connecting school students to work on country

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.

Subject: Caring for Country

NLC calls on the NT Government to delay the introduction of the Burial & Cremation Bill

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.

Rangers honing their skills at 2019 Indigenous Ranger Forum

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.

NLC Corporate Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23

Sep 03, 2019

The NLC Corporate Plan provides information about the significant activities which the NLC will undertake over the four years, 2019/20 to 2022/23

NLC Regional Councils shout out on water security crisis in the bush

Aug 21, 2019

The 42nd joint meeting of the NLC'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.

NLC objects to the McArthur River Mine approvals

Aug 20, 2019

The NLC objects to Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby’s approval of an amendment to the existing mine management plan (MMP) for the McArthur River Mine.

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.

Community Planning and Development Newsletter

Jun 12, 2019

The NLC Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program started in 2016. It works with Aboriginal land-owning groups and supports them to use their money from land use agreements, such as royalties or lease money, to drive their own development and secure benefits from their land, waters and seas.

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Compensation awarded in Timber Creek in Australian first

Apr 17, 2019

Twenty years after the native title holders of Timber Creek – five estate groups of the Ngarliwurru and Nungali peoples – filed their original native title claim, the High Court of Australia has awarded them compensation for the loss of native title rights over parts of the land within the town area.

“It took us 20 years, but we finally got it!” Native Title finally recognised in Pine Creek

Apr 17, 2019

The Wagiman and Jawoyn Bolmo, Matjba and Wurrkbarbar groups have been recognised as the native title holders of the town of Pine Creek at a determination ceremony held on country, two decades after the first claim was lodged.

Land Rights News Northern Edition

Apr 17, 2019

Australia's longest-running Aboriginal newspaper, telling stories from remote Aboriginal lands from across the Northern Territory.

Native Title over Pine Creek finally recognised

Apr 09, 2019

The Wagiman and Jawoyn Bolmo, Matjba and Wurrkbarbar groups were today recognised as the native title holders of the town of Pine Creek at a dedication ceremony held in the town, 20 years after it was lodged.

Pine Creek Native Title Determination Ceremony

Apr 08, 2019

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a special hearing in Pine Creek at 11am on Tuesday 9 April 2019 to recognise native title rights and interests over the town.

Meet NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour

Mar 19, 2019

​Tiwi woman Marion Scrymgour has today been announced as the new CEO of the Northern Land Council, the first woman to hold the CEO position at any Northern Territory land council.

NLC welcomes High Court judgment of native title compensation at Timber Creek

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.

Audit Committee exonerates NLC Executive Council over conflict of interest claims

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.

Minister's Extraordinary Full Council Meeting

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”.

Minister's extraordinary Full Council meeting

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.

Report into detriment review tabled in Parliament

Feb 21, 2019

The Aboriginal Land Commissioner’s Report on the review of detriment into Aboriginal Land Claims recommended for grant but not yet finalised was tabled in Parliament on Thursday, 21 February 2019.

NLC welcomes new Treaty Commissioner

Feb 18, 2019

The Northern Land Council welcomes the appointment of Professor Michael Dodson AM to the role of Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner.

NLC and CLC Joint Submission to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee

Feb 15, 2019

Northern Land Council and Central Land Council Joint Submission to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

NLC Governance Issues and NLC Chief Executive Officer arrangements

Feb 03, 2019

Statement from NLC Interim Acting CEO Rick Fletcher

NLC welcomes new Aboriginal Affairs minister

Jan 31, 2019

The NLC welcomes the announcement today of Ms Selena Uibo as the new Minister Aboriginal Affairs in the Northern Territory Government.

1970s Aboriginal children’s art offers window into history

Jan 23, 2019

A project to reunite children’s drawings from the 1970s with their original Yolngu artists is now underway involving Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala and the National Museum of Australia.