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Thu, October 19, 2017 Speech: 8th Annual NT Major Projects Conference This conference addresses the projects, plans and opportunities that carry significant prospects for the economic expansion of the NT: the Territory’s vision for the future.

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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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).


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:


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*


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.


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:


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.


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.



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


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.


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”).


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


Wed, January 30, 2013 A letter to the Chief Minister



Tue, June 12, 2012 Another gold for NLC reporting Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill has congratulated his staff and Full Council for being awarded a third consecutive Gold Award at the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) in Sydney last week.


Wed, May 23, 2012 The Long Walk Northern Land Council Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill was privileged to be part of “The Long Walk” into the MCG on Saturday night which aims to ensure Indigenous issues remain in the forefront of the minds of Australian people.


Mon, January 30, 2012 Mumbin to lead women JAWOYN traditional owner Lisa Mumbin has been appointed chairperson of the Northern Land Council’s Women’s Committee. A resident of the Kalano Communitycommunity on the outskirts of Katherine, Ms Mumbin was elected unanimously by female members of the NLC’s Full Council during a week long meeting at Crab Claw Island late last year.



Tue, November 01, 2011 Breakaway land council application fatally flawed Soon after fifteen Aboriginal people from around the Katherine region lodged their application for a new land council in January 2011, the Northern Land Council swung into action to provide traditional owners and community members with information and the chance to make their views known.


Thu, October 27, 2011 Footy working its Magic at Wadeye FOOTBALLERS from the remote Aboriginal community of Wadeye could soon be mixing it with the best that established Northern Territory Football League clubs have to offer.

Thu, October 20, 2011 Damien right at home A FAMILIAR face is now greeting traditional owners when they visit the Northern Land Council’s East Arnhem regional office in Nhulunbuy.

Wed, October 12, 2011 Environmental concern in mining debate Much of the Northern Territory is now under application by companies seeking to use a production process known as high-pressure horizontal hydraulic fracturing to recover oil and gas from coal seams or from deep-seated shale deposits.

Mon, October 10, 2011 Mumbin ousted from Jawoyn Association LONG-SERVING Jawoyn Association member Lisa Mumbin said her decision to not support a proposal for a new land council in the Top End of the Northern Territory led to her being kicked out of the Association


Thu, September 29, 2011 Rangers require funding Ranger groups from across the Top End of the Northern Territory have sent a unanimous message to policy makers – that funding for Aboriginal ranger programs must continue past 2013.

Sat, September 24, 2011 Crows thank NLC for support The coaching staff of Big Rivers Football League premiers the Arnhem Crows has thanked the Northern Land Council for helping get the club back on its feet in the lead-up to season 2012.


Thu, June 02, 2011 Proud day at Pigeon Hole Traditional owners from across the Victoria River District gathered at Pigeon Hole community in 2011 to celebrate the Native Title consent determinations which cover six pastoral leases in the area. The Federal Court also recognised the Native Title holders of a further six cattle properties which lie near the NT and WA border.


Thu, May 26, 2011 Historic Gove agreement struck A new era in respect and co-operation has been ushered in on the Gove Peninsula, with the signing of an agreement between traditional owners and mining giant Rio Tinto Alcan. The agreement will extend the life of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Gove bauxite mine and alumina refinery for a further 42 years, providing long-term opportunities for education, employment and economic development for the Yolngu peoples of the region.

Fri, May 06, 2011 Remembering a hero called "Neighbour" Many of the iconic stories of relationships between police and Aboriginal Territorians can be found in sensational newspaper accounts of murders and manhunts. The names of Nemarluk, Dhakiyarr, Wonggu and Larry Boy echo through these stories of the old days. This story however is very different. It is about an Australian and Territory hero, a hero for all our people. Those who knew this brave man called him Neighbour. Apart from the people of the Roper River region, who hand this story on to each new generation by word of mouth, few Territorians know what happened on that day near the Roper River on 1 February 1911. It is a story that has been incomplete until now, one hundred years later. It has been pieced together by Darwin Aboriginal historian, Don Christopherson.



Thu, November 11, 2010 Remote meatworks revived The revival of a run-down cattle station and adjoining abbatoir in a remote Northern Territory community is providing real jobs and affordable fresh meat to the Aboriginal peoples of Western Arnhem Land.

Mon, November 01, 2010 A bug's life: bio-control with bite TWO dedicated of sisters is making an impact in the fight against invasive weed species using insects in an innovative form biological control.


Fri, October 22, 2010 SIHIP bags top prize at NLC employment awards The federal government’s oft-maligned Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Project (SIHIP) took out the Northern Land Council’s top award at its biennial Employer Awards.


Tue, August 31, 2010 Permit system must be protected - Comment: NLC CEO Mr Kim Hill The permit system which applies to Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory has attracted much debate over recent months, most notably with a pre-election pledge from Liberal leader Tony Abbott to abolish permits for communities and outstations.

Thu, August 26, 2010 Timber Creek company providing real jobs A Timber Creek company is providing a model for successful businesses in Aboriginal communities and proving hard work pays off.


Wed, June 02, 2010 Grand designs: investment in Wadeye The Northern Territory's largest Aboriginal community is being transformed under the Federal Government's Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Project. New "suburbs" are being built and existing houses re-furbished in an attempt to address critical overcrowding.