Bringing Gove Together

Northern Land Council

Contact Details
(08) 8986 8500
(08) 8987 1334


Endeavour Square, Franklyn St
Nhulunbuy, NT 0880

The Northern Land council is responsible for permits outside of the Dhimmuru area. If you are going to drive to or from Katherine and Nhulunbuy you will need to contact the Northern Land Council for permits and road information.

The Northern Land Council was established in 1973 to represent traditional Aboriginal landowners and Aboriginal people in the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia.

The most important responsibilities of the NLC are to consult with traditional landowners and other Aborigines with an interest in the land.

This is to make sure the landowners as a group give their informed consent before the Land Council or a Land Trust enters into any agreement, or takes any action affecting their land. It also ensures that affected Aboriginal communities and groups have the chance to express their views and that land use agreements entered into are reasonable. These principles are fundamental to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

The NLC also acts as a representative body for native title claimants in its area under the Native Title Act 1993.

Strategic Plan

Land and sea acquisition: "Getting country back"
Land and sea management: "Caring for Country"
Accountability and representation: "Bringing the NLC to the people"
Advocacy and networking: "Talking strong for our people"
Self-determination: "Making our own decisions"
Economic independence
Education and awareness: "Letting people know"

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