Record number of lease agreements approved by NLC Full Council
NLC lawyer Tamara Cole discusses agreements with council members
Northern Land Council (NLC) Chairman Wali Wunungmurra today closed the NLC’s 104th Full Council Meeting held at South Alligator, following the approval of a record number of land use agreements. A total of 270 land use agreements were ratified paving the way for increased economic development on Aboriginal lands.
NLC Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill said the agreements, the majority of which are section 19 leases under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, are critical to stimulating economies in Top End communities.
“Importantly, these agreements also give security of tenure not only to traditional owners but also to public housing tenants and proponents,” Mr Hill said.
Compulsory five-year leases in Aboriginal communities, introduced under the Federal Government’s Northern Territory Emergency Response expire on August 17 this year.
“I am pleased to say that well before that deadline, all NT infrastructures in NLC communities will be secured by SIHIP leases, Commonwealth facilities will be secured, and all government funded entities will be leased.”
In the last two financial years Full Council has processed a total of 459 agreements.
Earlier in the week the NLC announced an agreement with Adelaide-based company Western Desert Resources for an iron-ore mine in the centre of the old St Vidgeon’s Pastoral Station, 60km south of Ngukurr.
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