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2017

October

Thu, October 19, 2017 Pastoral Land Legislation Amendment Bill 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.

Fri, October 06, 2017 NLC welcomes settlement 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.

May

Tue, May 02, 2017 Meeting to discuss access to and management of the Aboriginal-owne The NLC recently convened a meeting with NTG and the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, the NT Seafood Council, the NT Guided Fishing Industry Association and the Environmental Defender’s Office, to discuss access to and management of the Aboriginal-owned intertidal zone.

2016

July

Fri, July 29, 2016 Royal Commission compromised from the start 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.

Fri, July 01, 2016 Landmark “Right to Trade” decision 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”.

2015

December

Wed, December 09, 2015 NLC welcomes new Deputy Chair The NLC welcomes Wayne Wauchope on the Executive Council as Deputy Chairman.

November

Wed, November 25, 2015 Land Councils urge Senate support for positive Land Rights Act ame 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.

Tue, November 24, 2015 Native Title recognised at Borroloola 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.

Mon, November 23, 2015 NLC puts political parties on notice 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.

Wed, November 18, 2015 NLC puts NT Government on notice 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.

Wed, November 11, 2015 Ranger groups in line for awards NLC ranger groups and NLC Caring For country staff member Xavier Espiau have been recognised by the NT Natural Resource Management organisation.

October

Fri, October 09, 2015 New fire management needed for Kakadu THE Northern Land Council says the devastating fires in Kakadu over the past week, caused by poor fire management by Energy Resources of Australia, raise broader concerns about the company’s capacity to meet its obligations to rehabilitate the Ranger uranium mine.

Fri, October 02, 2015 NLC supports TO concerns on MRM THE Northern Land Council shares the concerns of Traditional Aboriginal Owners about the operation of the McArthur River Mine near Borroloola, owned by Glencore.

September

Mon, September 07, 2015 Second round of ABA grant funding begins APPLICATIONS are being accepted for the second round of the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Beneficial Grant Funding.

Tue, September 01, 2015 NLC Corporate Plan 2015/16-2018/19 NLC Corporate Plan 2015/16-2018/19 attached (PDF).

August

Mon, August 24, 2015 Report details housing policy failure ABORIGINAL Housing NT (AHNT) has launched a report of the forum in Darwin earlier this year which identified a major housing crisis in remote Aboriginal communities.

Fri, August 21, 2015 State funeral for Mr Wunungmurra THE Northern Territory Government will hold a State funeral for former Chairman of the Northern Land Council, Mr Wunungmurra, who passed away on 7 August, aged 70.

Fri, August 14, 2015 On the recent passing of Mr Illaga THE Northern Land Council is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of another senior custodian of Aboriginal law and culture, Mr Illaga, who this week passed away at his home at Minyerri (Hodgson Downs).

Fri, August 07, 2015 NLC is saddened by the death of Mr Wunungmurra THE Northern Land Council is deeply saddened by news of the death of its immediate past chairman, Mr Wunungmurra, who passed away this afternoon at Gove Hospital.

Wed, August 05, 2015 NLC welcomes EPA decision THE Northern Land Council has welcomed the decision of the Environment Protection Authority to lay a complaint against Redbank Operations Pty Ltd which operates the Redbank copper mine at Wollogorang Station, near the Queensland border.

Tue, August 04, 2015 Keynote speech at Garma Festival NLC CEO Joe Morrison's keynote speech delivered at Garma Festival on 1 August 2015:

July

Thu, July 23, 2015 Resilient Communities and Sustainable Prosperity – Northern Indige The following is the keynote address presented by NLC CEO Joe Morrison at the Developing Northern Australia Conference in Townsville this week:

Thu, July 09, 2015 Racial protection is essential The electorate supports a constitutional change to outlaw discrimination*

June

Thu, June 18, 2015 NLC cautiously welcomes White Paper THE Northern Land Council has cautiously welcomed the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, released today by the Federal Government.

Thu, June 18, 2015 TO aspirations ruined after mine closures THE Northern Land Council says the collapse of two iron ore mines in its region has ruined the aspirations of Aboriginal Traditional Owners, and affected communities who were expecting jobs and economic development to flow from the operations.

May

Thu, May 14, 2015 Budget delivers uncertainty and blackmail to NT outstations THE Northern Territory’s two big Land Councils say the Commonwealth must scrap plans to hand over permanent responsibility for municipal and essential services for outstations to the dysfunctional and welfare dependent NT Government.

Fri, May 08, 2015 Congratulations to the Yanyuwa on an historic day The following is NLC Chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi's speech at Wednesday 6 May at Batten Point, near Borroloola, at the land hand back ceremony:

March

Fri, March 27, 2015 Chairman pays tribute to Malcolm Fraser ON the occasion of the State funeral service for former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in Melbourne today, Northern Land Council Chairman, Mr Samuel Bush-Blanasi, has paid tribute.

Mon, March 16, 2015 New body to tackle housing crisis A landmark NT Aboriginal Housing Forum in Darwin has resolved to form a new NT Aboriginal housing body to tackle the worsening Aboriginal housing crisis in the NT.

Mon, March 09, 2015 Land tenure not the problem THE Northern Land Council has disputed claims by the Northern Territory Health Minister, John Elferink, that land tenure issues have held up construction of remote health clinics on Aboriginal land, or on land covered by Native Title.

Fri, March 06, 2015 Rangers get busy with cyclone clean-up THE NLC-supported Wanga Djakamirr and Gurruwiling ranger groups are playing key support roles in the clean-up at Ramingining following Cyclone Lam’s destructive sweep through the community two weeks ago.

Mon, March 02, 2015 Tribute to the late Kwementyaye Tilmouth THE Northern Land Council is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Kwementyaye Tilmouth, a former Director of the Central Land Council.

February

Fri, February 20, 2015 Keep Indigenous land investigation ideology-free THE Northern Territory’s two big land councils have called on the Abbott government to base its investigation into indigenous land use on facts rather than ideology.

Tue, February 17, 2015 CEO's take on "Taming Australia" NLC CEO Joe Morrison has provided his views on developing Australia's north in BBC Radio 4's "Taming Australia" series.

Mon, February 16, 2015 Statement on housing in Elliott THE Northern Land Council has called on the Northern Territory and Federal governments to work together to fix the housing crisis at Elliott.

Wed, February 11, 2015 CEO's National Press Club address Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison has delivered a powerful address to the National Press Club.

2014

December

Tue, December 02, 2014 Road closure in West and East Arnhem Land Sacred ceremonies in progress.

August

Mon, August 18, 2014 Talks begin on buffalo TALKS between the Northern Land Council and the Northern Territory Government have begun on the future of the buffalo industry, and the opportunities it offers to traditional Aboriginal landowners.

July

Wed, July 02, 2014 NLC Fracking submission supports Traditional Owners’ rights NORTHERN Land Council Chief Executive, Joe Morrison, today launched the NLC submission to the NT Government’s Inquiry into hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

June

Mon, June 30, 2014 Northern Development: Embracing the Indigenous Difference Saturday, 28 June, 2014, Townsville, Queensland

Mon, June 30, 2014 CEO on Northern Development The Northern Land Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Joe Morrison, has called for the creation of a sovereign wealth fund to benefit Indigenous people in northern Australia.

Thu, June 19, 2014 NLC settles on Muckaty OUT of concern for relations among the Aboriginal clans which comprise the Muckaty Aboriginal Land Trust, the Northern Land Council has agreed to settle the Federal Court challenge to the Commonwealth Government’s proposal to establish a nuclear waste facility at Muckaty.

April

Mon, April 07, 2014 Water allocation concerns NORTHERN Land Council Chief Executive Joe Morrison has described recent NT Government water allocation decisions in the Mataranka region as deeply concerning in terms of sustainability, Indigenous development and good public policy.

March

Fri, March 28, 2014 Regulations not in the interests of Traditional Owners THE Northern and Central Land Councils have welcomed the further protection of traditional owners’ rights following the disallowance by the Senate of regulations made under s28A of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

Mon, March 24, 2014 Senate disallowance of regulations welcomed NORTHERN Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive, Joe Morrison, described the response of the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, to last Thursday’s Senate disallowance of Government regulations as “ideological”, “irresponsible”, and “disingenuous”.

Fri, March 07, 2014 NLC welcomes road upgrades, calls for more infrastructure NORTHERN Land Council Chief Executive, Joe Morrison, has welcomed this week's joint announcement of more funding for NT remote and regional roads from the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

Thu, March 06, 2014 Federal Court determines Native Title THE Federal Court has determined seven native title claims covering 37,000km² of land over seven pastoral leases today.

Sun, March 02, 2014 Don’t forget Aboriginal landowners THE Northern Land Council has called on government and all other interested parties to place Aboriginal people front and centre in any future planning of the north.

February

Thu, February 27, 2014 Sea Swift provides economic boost for Gove NORTHERN Land Council Chairman, Samuel Bush-Blanasi, has praised marine transport provider Sea Swift for its commitment to the people of Gove.

Mon, February 17, 2014 US Ambassador calls in at NLC The Northern Land Council head office in Mitchell Street, Darwin, was the first port of call for the new United States Ambassador to Australia, Mr John Berry, during his visit to the Top End for services to mark the Bombing of Darwin anniversary.

Mon, February 17, 2014 Morrison up for the challenge THE NLC’s new Chief Executive Officer, Joe Morrison, has hit the ground running since coming on board on 6 February. Here, we profile our man in the top job.

Fri, February 14, 2014 New edition of Land Rights News out now THE January / February / March edition of Land Rights News-Northern Edition is out now.

Wed, February 12, 2014 Land Councils conclude talks in Canberra THE executives of the Northern and Central Land Councils have concluded three days of talks in Canberra with federal politicians and officials, and have argued for protection of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Wed, February 05, 2014 Court endorses Rio Gove Agreement THE Northern Land Council’s (NLC) negotiations under the Land Rights Act which led in May 2011 to the lease and royalties agreement between traditional Aboriginal owners at Gove and Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) have been effectively endorsed by the Federal Court.

2013

December

Wed, December 18, 2013 Meeting hailed a success A JOINT meeting between the Executive members of the Northern and Central Land Councils in December has been hailed as a great success by both organisations.

Sun, December 15, 2013 Land Councils support AAPA Board THE Executive members of the Northern and Central Land Councils reiterated their full support of the independent board of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) at an historic joint meeting in Alice Springs last week.

Sun, December 08, 2013 December 2013 newsletter NEWS from around the regions in our monthly newsletter for December.

November

Wed, November 20, 2013 New-look Executive for NLC THE Northern Land Council has a new Executive, presenting a refreshed look for the period 2013-2016, from the 107th Full Council Meeting in Darwin today.

Mon, November 18, 2013 NLC welcomes new Chairman SAMUEL BUSH-BLANASI is the new Chairman of the Northern Land Council after winning the ballot at the 107th Full Council Meeting in Darwin earlier today.

Mon, November 04, 2013 November 2013 newsletter NEWS from around the regions in our monthly newsletter for November.

Mon, November 04, 2013 Rights regained at ceremonies at Mataranka, Minyerri THE Northern Land Council has hailed the recognising of native title rights for Traditional Owners at ceremonies on country last week.

October

Mon, October 21, 2013 Northern Land Council welcomes Joe Morrison CHAIRMAN of the Northern Land Council, Wali Wunungmurra, announced today that Joe Morrison will become its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mon, October 14, 2013 Land Rights News-Northern Edition October 2013 THE latest instalment of Land Rights News-Northern Edition is out now.

Mon, October 14, 2013 Sherwin Iron ships first iron ore sample NORTHERN Land Council chairman, Wali Wunungmurra, has hailed the first shipment of iron ore by Sherwin Iron as a beneficial outcome for local Indigenous people.

September

Wed, September 18, 2013 NLC pushes for action at Redbank Mine THE Northern Land Council will continue to push for the rehabilitation of the Redbank Mine site.

Wed, September 11, 2013 September 2013 newsletter NEWS from around the regions in our monthly newsletter for September.

August

Thu, August 22, 2013 August 2013 newsletter NEWS from around the regions in our first monthly newsletter this year.

Fri, August 02, 2013 NLC welcomes decision on Bootu Creek THE Northern Land Council (NLC) welcomes today’s decision by the Darwin Magistrates Court in finding OM Manganese (OMM) guilty of desecrating a sacred site.

July

Mon, July 15, 2013 Chairman urges Parliament to consider reforms NORTHERN Land Council Chairman Wali Wunungmurra has sent a gentle reminder to Federal Parliament of his desire to have Aboriginal land rights recognised in the Australian Constitution, and that there is more work to be done for people living in Top End communities.

June

Fri, June 28, 2013 Latest Annual Report on-line and downloadable

Fri, June 21, 2013 NLC welcomes Coalition approach to plans for Northern Australia THE Northern Land Council awaits more detail of the Coalition’s plans on future development of Northern Australia.

Wed, June 12, 2013 NLC mourns a great man's passing NORTHERN Land Council Chairman, Wali Wunungmurra, has expressed his sadness at the passing of his long-time friend, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, Mr Yunupingu.

Wed, June 12, 2013 NLC FCM meets at Timber Creek THE Northern Land Council’s 106th Full Council Meeting, held at Timber Creek last week, saw discussion on a number of key issues together with NLC policy direction during the five-day long meeting.

April

Fri, April 05, 2013 Upper Finniss River update THE Northern Land Council and Traditional Owners of the Top End have, and are continuing, to engage in good-faith negotiations with the Northern Territory Government (NTG) over fishing and access in waters overlying Aboriginal land with high-effort commercial, tourism and recreational fishing areas being the initial priority.

February

Thu, February 14, 2013 Minister Macklin’s announcement opens the way for Gas to Gove Northern Land Council (NLC) Chairman Mr Wali Wunungmurra has welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Ms Jenny Macklin rejecting the application for a Katherine Regional Land Council.

Wed, February 13, 2013 NLC Chairman delighted the future of Gove is secure Northern Land Council (NLC) Chairman Mr Wali Wunungmurra has expressed his delight with today’s announcement that Rio Tinto will commit to continuing its operation at Gove.

January

Thu, January 24, 2013 NLC signs off on new agreement for Ranger Uranium Mine Northern Land Council (NLC) Chairman Mr Wali Wunungmurra today signed off on new agreements with Energy Resources Australia, owners of the Ranger Uranium Mine located near Jabiru at Kakadu, and the Commonwealth of Australia.

2012

November

Mon, November 12, 2012 New mine to drive economic development on Aboriginal land The Northern Territory’s newest mining operation was given the green-light today with the Northern Land Council (NLC) reaching agreement with Sherwin Iron Limited for operations on Aboriginal land in the Roper River region.

August

Fri, August 17, 2012 CLP show lack of understanding of Aboriginal Land Rights Act Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill says he’s disappointed, but not surprised, by today’s announcement that the Country Liberals will support breakaway land councils. ''Today's announcement by Opposition Leader Terry Mills shows a clear lack of understanding of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976,” Mr Hill said.

Wed, August 01, 2012 NLC calls for both sides to ‘build’ on homelands announcement Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive, Mr Kim Hill, has welcomed the increased funding commitment by the Northern Territory Government to maintain essential services to Territory homelands.

June

Fri, June 29, 2012 NLC disappointed with passing of ‘Stronger Futures’ legislation Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill has expressed disappointment that the “Stronger Futures” Bill passed through the Senate unamended overnight. Mr Hill said the NLC, together with other member bodies of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT), still had a number of concerns with elements of the legislation which will be implemented in the Territory’s remote communities following the end of the so-called “intervention” in August this year and will remain in place for the next 10 years.

Wed, June 27, 2012 Native Title for 30,000sq km in the Barkly Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill has welcomed today’s native title determination over the Northern Territory township of Daly Waters and ten surrounding pastoral stations.

Wed, June 06, 2012 NLC seeks CLP clarification Northern Land Council Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill has called for a clarification of the Country Liberal Party’s position regarding the Blue Mud Bay High Court Decision of 2008 following comments by the deputy opposition leader Kezia Purick this week.

Fri, June 01, 2012 Record number of lease agreements approved by NLC Full Council 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.

May

Mon, May 28, 2012 New mine presents economic development opportunities Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill says a new mine in the Roper River region will provide significant economic development opportunities to traditional owners. The NLC’s Full Council today endorsed a Native Title agreement between the NLC, native-title holders and Western Desert Resources (WDR) which will allow the Adelaide-based resources company to mine iron-ore from a site in the central area of the old St Vidgeon pastoral station, 60km south of Ngukurr.

March

Wed, March 28, 2012 NLC welcomes homelands commitment Northern Land Council Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill has welcomed this morning’s announcement by Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin that will see a $221 million investment in Northern Territory outstations and homelands over the next ten years.

January

Fri, January 20, 2012 New positions to drive economic development

2011

November

Fri, November 25, 2011 NLC welcomes Kenbi progress Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill said the passing of the Kenbi Land Trust Bill 2011 through Northern Territory parliament last night represented another positive step towards settling Australia’s longest-running Aboriginal land claim.

Wed, November 23, 2011 NLC welcomes rental commitment Northern Land Council (NLC) Chairman Wali Wunungmurra has welcomed today’s commitment from the Northern Territory Government to pay rent for its assets on Aboriginal land.

Tue, November 22, 2011 WDR consultations ongoing The Northern Land Council has been notified of an iron ore mine proposal by Western Desert Resources, which includes a proposed infrastructure corridor for transporting the iron ore by pipeline.

October

Thu, October 06, 2011 NLC welcomes purchase of Fish River Station Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill said the recent purchase of Fish River Station marked an historic step forward in both the protection of environmental biodiversity and Aboriginal culture in the Daly River Region.

September

Fri, September 09, 2011 NLC saddened by elder's passing Northern Land Council Chairman Wali Wunungmurra has expressed his sadness following the passing of long-serving Full Council member Kumanjayi Napurrula Lauder-Dixon.

August

Wed, August 24, 2011 NLC anthropologist to assist with repatriation Northern Land Council anthropologist Carol Christophersen will take her skills and experience to England next month where she will be part of the repatriation process of human remains from Australia which are currently housed at the National History Museum (NHM) in London.

Wed, August 17, 2011 NLC and NAB working side by side on Blue Mud Bay Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill said today’s signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NLC and National Australia Bank represented a major step towards building sustainable economic development in the Northern Territory’s coastal Aboriginal communities.

Tue, August 09, 2011 Homeland communities must be preserved Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Officer Kim Hill has condemned the Federal Government’s refusal to guarantee funding to remote Aboriginal outstation communities in the Northern Territory.

July

Thu, July 28, 2011 Traditional owners say "yes" to cycling tour - but on new route Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill says the NLC’s decision not to allow a cycling tour to travel through Aboriginal land between Jabiru and Ramingining was based on the wishes of traditional owners of the area.

Tue, July 12, 2011 Breakaway Land Council proposal a slap in face for Aboriginal peop

June

Wed, June 15, 2011 Radioactive waste has to go somewhere Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill said this week’s expected passage of the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill through the Senate will be an important step towards Australia meeting its obligations to store its own radioactive waste.

May

Thu, May 26, 2011 Historic Gove agreement rights past wrongs Northern Land Council Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill said today’s approval of a 42-year extension of the Rio Tinto Alcan bauxite mine and alumina refinery at Gove would provide long-term benefits for Aboriginal traditional owners.

April

Wed, April 20, 2011 NLC welcomes Land Commissioner inquiry Northern Land Council Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill has welcomed the decision by Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin to refer the application for a new land council in the Top End of the Northern Territory to the Aboriginal Land Commissioner.