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Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing



Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing

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* acquisitions for the alignment of Tiger Brennan Drive especially the entrance and exit to the Darwin CBD involving Lots 1910 and 1641 Town of Darwin * agreement for the acquisition of part of HMAS COONAWARRA for the construction of Tiger Brennan Drive and Amy Johnson Avenue * buy back of land from developers in Katherine, for residential housing * issue o f licences for the protection o f the natural gas pipeline from the Amadeus Basin to Darwin where it crosses Crown Land * purchase of land for various road widenings, upgradings and easements including; - Pioneer Drive, Humpty Doo, for the Litchfield Shire Council - Fiorina Road, Katherine - Stott Terrace, Alice Springs - Lot 5578 Darwin comer Mitchell and Bennett Streets to improve traffic flow in State Square Land Excisions In accordance with the guidelines for ex c is io n s tab led at the L eg isla tive Assembly in April 1985, the Department has arranged the secure tenure of land for some eligible A boriginal groups, sufficient for their residential and community needs. * 21 titles have been registered * 29 negotiations completed * 66 applications are being processed * 132 expressions of interest with minimal details have been received * 3 applications have been rejected The excisions operations of the Department have been negotiated through the existing provisions of the Crown Lands Act. The wide debate on Aboriginal land issues has meant that the success, or otherwise, of the operations has been negatively affected because o f the Commonwealths inaction on the commencement of amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights CNT) Act. Applications for excisions closed in April 1 9 8 8 , th re e (3 ) y e a r s a f te r th e commencement of the program. Permits to enter Aboriginal Land During 1988/89, eight hundred and ninety nine (899) permits were issued to persons required to enter Aboriginal land in the course o f their duties. This compares with one thousand and forty (1040) permits for 1986/87 and six hundred and thirty three (633) in 1987/88. Land Claims The Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act provides that land claims may be made for certain categories of Territory land. In June 1988, Mr Justice O lney becam e the A borig inal Land Commissioner. He has heard five (5) land claims; Kidman Springs, McLaren C reek , W akaya-Alyawarra, Robinson River and Western Desert. A j urisdictional