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Land Rights News : Northern Edition



Land Rights News : Northern Edition


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This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available by the Northern Territory Library via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT); "Our Land, Our Sea, Our Life"; The Northern and Central Land Councils split to produce their own publications. "Land rights news : Central Australia, v. 1 no. 1, Oct. 2011 -" and "Land rights news : Northern Edition, ed. 1 Nov. 2011 -"; For Central Land Council news, see : Land Rights News : Central Australia




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Land Rights News : Northern Edition


Newsletter, September 2021

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Land Rights News : Central Land Council for the three Northern Territory Land Councils

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April 2021 www.nlc.org.au Land Rights News Northern EditionLand Rights News Northern Edition September 2021 nlc.org.au2 NEWS ADVERTISING Next publication date is December 2021 Rates are at www.nlc.org. au/media-publications or email media@nlc.org.au Circulation: 4,000 print and 700 digital subscribers EDITORIAL Land Rights News Northern Edition is published by Chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi for the Northern Land Council. We welcome stories and photos about Aboriginal people and organisations. Contact media@nlc.org.au NLC CONTACTS Northern Land Council 45 Mitchell St Darwin NT 0820 (08) 8920 5100 www.nlc.org.au SUBSCRIPTIONS To subscribe fill out the online form at www.nlc.org.au FOLLOW US Watch NLC TV on YouTube @northernlandcouncil @NLC_74 @northernlandcouncil IT was very sad to hear of the recent passing of Mr Wavehill, a man who never stopped fighting for his country and always worked to protect his Mudburra culture. He was a great friend to our mob right across the NLC area. Mr Wavehill was one of the last survivors of the Wave Hill Walk Off, a pivotal early moment in the land rights movement and was 18 years old when joined his brother-in-law, Vincent Lingiari to demand of a fair go for all Aboriginal people. The past few weeks have also seen the welcome introduction to Federal parliament of fundamental and long-overdue changes to the Land Rights Act that will empower all Land Councils, correct some lingering injustices implemented during the NT Intervention period and assist land councils - particularly the NLC - with controlling illegal activity on Aboriginal land by lifting penalties for infringements. Other key reforms will improve the processes for dealing with requests for mining and exploration on Aboriginal land. In late July the NLC held another very successful Full Council meeting - our 123rd - at Banatjarl on Jawoyn country. As ever it was a lively and interesting meeting with wide-ranging and vigorous discussions about the many items of business that the NLC has to deal with. These included the recent handback of Jabiru township to the Mirarr Traditional Owners, the NLCs continuing good working relationships with both the Federal and Territory governments in addressing the very real threats that Covid-19 poses for our communities and historic reforms to the Aboriginals Benefit Account New beginnings, welcome changes and sad farewells that will finally see that very important fund controlled by Aboriginal people. An important element of all NLC meetings - whether the seven regional councils, the Executive Council or the twiceyearly Full Councils - is the opportunity for members to bring their local community concerns and grievances to the attention of the Full Council and NLC staff for consideration and action. We also welcomed the attendance at Full Council of federal political representatives - including our good friend Warren Snowdon for what might be the last time as he will be retiring at the next election - and the NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Ministers Uibo, Kirby and Paech, all of whom received a warm welcome and a fiery grilling from members on a range of issues of concern. Also in this issue is an eight page education supplement that looks at some of the education opportunities for Aboriginal people in the NT. This past Full Council also saw an emotional farewell speech from Marion Scrymgour, who in her two and a half year term as NLC CEO has done wonders to rebuild our relationships with both the Federal and NT governments but also helped in the essential task Malarndirri McCarthy, Samuel Bush-Blanasi, Marion Scrymgour and Warren Snowdon at Banatjarl. Incoming NLC cheif executive Joe Martin-Jard. LAND RIGHTS WIN THE Mirarr Traditional Owners are "very happy and proud" that the long fight for recognition of Traditional Ownership at Jabiru has culminated in the grant of freehold title under the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act. This is a great day for Mirarr people, said Mirarr Senior Traditional Owner Yvonne Margarula. The handing back of Jabiru to Mirarr recognises our land rights here and gives us economic independence. We are excited for the future of Jabiru and for the future of all our people, she said. A great day: Jabiru now in Mirarr hands At the ceremony in Jabiru on 26 June, Northern Land Council Chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi joined the Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt, Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, local politicians and the community to officially grant the freehold title to the Mirarr. Today we celebrate a great event, Mr Bush-Blanasi said. The return of the land Jabiru sits on to its Traditional Owners, the Mirarr people. Myself, and fellow NLC members, are proud to be part of the rightful handback For four decades the Mirarr people have been calling for the town of Jabiru, inside Kakadu National Park, to be returned to its rightful custodians. of this land to the Mirarr. Correcting a deliberate act a generation ago to deny the Mirarr recognition of their land ownership under Balanda law. This is the first time that land, not already part of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act estate, has been returned to Traditional Owners for them to manage as a town; to be central to what happens on their land. I thank the Mirarr for allowing us to share this significant milestone with the wider community and I acknowledge their journey and connection to this country as the original custodians. The fight for land rights at Jabiru commenced in 1978 when the town was built on what was then Crown land without the involvement of Traditional Owners. The senior Mirarr elder at the time, Toby Gangale, is the father of todays Senior Traditional Owner Ms Margarula. In 1998, Ms Margarula lodged the Jabiru native title claim, which was decided by the Federal Court in 2016 after one of Australias longest-running native title matters. At an early stage, the Mirarr confirmed their wish that Jabiru should become Aboriginal land and have a bright future as the centre for regional services, tourism and for all Kakadu. Mirarr Traditional Owners May Nango and Yvonne Margarula. Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt and Environment Minister Sussan Ley with Mirarr Traditional Owners. Brian Pedwell, Chris Neade, Joe Martin-Jard and Richard Dixon.Minister Ley with several Djurrubu Rangers. 'We are excited for the future of Jabiru and for the future of all our people,' Mirarr Senior Traditional Owner Yvonne Margarula A message from the Northern Land Council chair Samuel Bush-Blanasi 'The Full Council gave a warm welcome to our incoming CEO Joe Martin-Jard for his first NLC Full Council meeting,' NLC Chair Samuel Bush-Blanasi of rebuilding internal selfconfidence and respect inside the NLC. We all wish Marion the best for her future career and know she will always have the best interests of our mob at heart. Finally, the Full Council gave a warm welcome to our incoming NLC CEO Joe Martin-Jard for his first NLC Full Council meeting. Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him and we all look forward to him joining us in facing the many challenges ahead.

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