Media Releases



Mon, March 16, 2015 New NT Aboriginal Housing Body to tackle Aboriginal housing crisis in the NT

Fri, March 13, 2015 Alice-designed appropriate technology helps community and tourists - CAT/CLC

Wed, March 04, 2015 Abbott government resigned to ‘work for the dole’ life sentence - APO NT

Mon, March 02, 2015 Tributes flow for fearless advocate Kwementyaye Tilmouth


Fri, February 20, 2015 Keep Indigenous land investigation ideology-free - Joint Media Release CLC-NLC

Mon, February 02, 2015 WYDAC CLC Joint Media Release: Community Corrects Misreporting of Yuendumu Death Aftermath



Mon, December 08, 2014 What is Happening with the Weather? Climate Change Book Launch at Santa Teresa


Tue, November 18, 2014 Late CLC chair’s land rights fight as urgent now as during his lifetime

Fri, November 07, 2014 No nuclear waste dump site nominated


Thu, October 23, 2014 New names reflect Aboriginal cultural connection to parks

Tue, October 21, 2014 CLC mourns true champion of land rights

Fri, October 17, 2014 Sandover Native Title rights recognised at last

Thu, October 09, 2014 Sacred site that sparked Coniston Massacre handed back

Fri, October 03, 2014 MEDIA ALERT - Hand back of sacred site that sparked Coniston Massacre


Thu, September 25, 2014 Kings Canyon traditional owners reject mining in Watarrka National Park

Tue, September 23, 2014 New Mutitjulu swimming season to focus on school, health and jobs

Wed, September 17, 2014 CLC Under New Leadership

Fri, September 12, 2014 Traditional owners criticise nuclear dump process

Tue, September 09, 2014 CLC to consult on proposed nuclear waste dump


Tue, August 05, 2014 CLC Mourns Passing of Constructive and Positive Chairman


Fri, July 25, 2014 Council moves to end destabilisation

Mon, July 14, 2014 Willowra’s Community Learning Centre wins Architecture Gong The new Wirliyajarrayi Learning Centre in Willowra has won a commendation for Indigenous Community Architecture in the 2014 NT Architecture Awards.


Fri, June 20, 2014 Courage and conviction at heart of Muckaty win The Central Land Council (CLC) today congratulated the Traditional Owners for Muckaty following the Federal Government’s decision to end the plan for a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek.

Tue, June 17, 2014 Throwing out the Land Rights Act not the key The Director of the Central Land Council, Mr David Ross, today urged the Member for Stuart , NT Minister Bess Price to think more carefully about the implications of throwing out the Land Rights Act.

Tue, June 10, 2014 CLC Media Statement - 10 June 2014


Wed, May 21, 2014 Maurie Japarta Ryan re-elected as CLC Chair

Fri, May 09, 2014 Native Title recognition at the birthplace of Land Rights and for Bushy Park Station In a big week for native title holders in Central Australia the Federal Court this week recognised the native title rights of groups at both Kalkarindji and Bushy Park Station.

Fri, May 02, 2014 CLC Media Statement


Wed, March 26, 2014 Regulations not in the interests of Traditional Owners - CLC/NLC 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 17, 2014 CLC loses a strong voice The Central Land Council wishes to express its immense sadness at the passing of Jane Hodson on Monday, March 10, 2014.


Thu, February 13, 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.



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.


Mon, November 25, 2013 The Central Land Council: Humane management of feral horse needed The Central Land Council (CLC) says a feral animal cull recently conducted in the Yuendumu area was necessary on both humanitarian and environmental grounds.

Tue, November 19, 2013 Aboriginal people using mining royalties to strengthen their communities Directors of the Granites Mine Affected Area Aboriginal Corporation (GMAAAC) are today launching their first DVD, GMAAAC - Our Projects Our Way. The DVD shows how good decision making processes and strong governance can turn royalty monies into projects that benefit the whole community.


Mon, September 23, 2013 Mutitjulu pool opening celebrates secure funding future The Central Land Council congratulates the traditional owners of Mutitjulu on winning their long struggle for a remote community pool with a difference: secure operational funding.

Fri, September 06, 2013 Endangered central rock rat found The critically endangered central rock rat has been found in a collaborative project between the Central Land Council and the Department of Land Resource Managements Flora and Fauna Division (DLRM).


Fri, August 30, 2013 Henbury should be returned to traditional owners The Central Land Council says that Henbury Station should be returned to its traditional owners who have been actively seeking to regain ownership of it for more than 40 years.

Wed, August 21, 2013 First Circles will send us in circles says Maurie Ryan Central Land Council Chair Maurie Ryan says the Chief Minister Adam Giles’ plans to restore power to Indigenous men wil­­l not be gained by a his idea of a “First Circle” of Aboriginal people to meet the NT Cabinet during the year.

Tue, August 20, 2013 Invitation to Warren Mundine : Come and see for yourself The Chair of the Central Land Council Maurie Ryan has questioned the Opposition’s plans to appoint Warren Mundine as the head of a prime ministerial indigenous council if it wins the next election.


Wed, July 31, 2013 NT must block oil and gas exploration in Watarrka National Park Traditional owners of Watarrka National Park are strongly opposed to an application by Palatine Energy Pty Ltd to begin oil and gas exploration in the Park and are demanding that the NT Cabinet block it.

Tue, July 02, 2013 Native Title recognition at Napperby Station On 2 July 2013 the Federal Court will be sitting at Laramba Community Living Area, approximately 210 kilometres north west of Alice Springs, to make a determination by consent of native title over nearby Napperby Perpetual Pastoral Lease (PPL).

Tue, July 02, 2013 Native Title recognition at Mount Doreen Station The Federal Court will recognise the native title rights of groups from the Ngaliya Warlpiri people on 3 July 2013


Thu, May 16, 2013 Chairman’s address to grog rally 13 May 2013 CLC Chairman Maurie Ryan gave this address to the rally in Alice Springs called to address the NT Government's policies concerning alcohol in the NT

Thu, May 09, 2013 The Central Land Council : Why we need to cull wild horses The Central Land Council says culls of feral animals are necessary on humanitarian and environmental grounds


Tue, April 23, 2013 New learning Centre for Willowra The Wirliyajarrayi Learning Centre will be officially opened today at a ceremony at the community, 330 kilometers north east of Alice Springs.

Wed, April 17, 2013 Education is the key says new CLC Chair The Central Land Council has a new Chairman.


Wed, February 27, 2013 Utopia funding long overdue The Central Land Council has welcomed Australian Government funding for the Utopia homelands.

Wed, February 13, 2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 The Central Land Council has welcomed the passing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 in the Australian Parliament.

Mon, February 11, 2013 Opinion piece: Communal title no obstacle for Aboriginal home ownership Land rights are under attack and blamed for preventing Aboriginal people owning their own homes in the bush but is that a rather simple view on the ongoing problem of remote community housing? CLC Director, David Ross responds to criticism of land rights and Land Councils in relation to home ownership.



Fri, October 12, 2012 Wet canteens – CLC says wait until the research is done The Central Land Council is asking the NT Government to wait until the results of its own research into wet canteens is completed.

Mon, October 08, 2012 Work begins on Mutitjulu Pool The Central Land Council says work started last week on the new Mutitjulu swimming pool.


Fri, August 17, 2012 Native Title recognised at Lake Nash and Georgina Downs Native Title has been declared on two pastoral leases near the Queensland border.


Wed, July 25, 2012 Watarrka hand back will provide meaningful partnerships in joint management Luritja traditional owners celebrate the hand back of Watarrka National Park.

Thu, July 19, 2012 Loves Creek station now Aboriginal land One of Central Australia’s oldest pastoral leases is about to be handed back to its Aboriginal traditional owners.

Wed, July 18, 2012 Four handbacks to benefit Aboriginal traditional land owners Four areas of land were handed back to Aboriginal traditional landowners today at a ceremony at Simpsons Gap near Alice Springs by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Wed, July 18, 2012 Alcoota – The end of one of the NTs longest and most litigated land claims The handback of Alcoota to its traditional owners brings to an end one of the Northern Territory’s longest and most litigated land claims

Wed, July 18, 2012 West MacDonnells National Park handed back to its traditional owners The handback of the West MacDonnell National Park to its Aboriginal traditional owners is an extremely significant chapter in the history of land rights in the Northern Territory and will ensure its status as a tourism icon and help preserve its outstanding natural and cultural values.

Wed, July 18, 2012 Crown Hill handback: small but significant Anmatyerr and Warlpiri families are celebrating the return of Crown Hill (Irrinjirrinjirri/ Warinjirrinjirri) after 26 years of waiting.

Wed, July 11, 2012 Southern Tanami declared a conservation zone The southern Tanami is now the largest conservation zone in Australia


Fri, May 25, 2012 New Chair for the Central Land Council The Central Land Council has a new Chair and Deputy Chair.


Wed, March 28, 2012 Ten year Funding Boost will bring relief to the bush The Central Land Council says today’s announcement of $221 million for outstations and $619 million for community safety over the next 10 years is extremely good news for Aboriginal people in the bush.

Wed, March 14, 2012 New waste dump legislation fundamentally flawed The Central Land Council (CLC) today expressed profound disappointment that the Senate yesterday passed the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010.

Mon, March 12, 2012 CLC Ranger Camp 2012 The Central Land Council (CLC) is hosting the CLC Ranger Camp 2012 at the Yulara Campgrounds this week from Tuesday, 13 March – Thursday, 15 March .

Thu, March 01, 2012 Opal roll out: Ban standard fuel in declared areas and save lives The Central Land Council is calling on Senator Scullion and MHR Warren Snowdon to support moves by the Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to legislate to ban the sale of standard unleaded fuels in declared zones.


Mon, February 20, 2012 Stronger Futures: Reform to community Living area legislation needed says CLC

Mon, February 06, 2012 A first for cross border fire management and a win for biodiversity



Mon, December 19, 2011 2011 - Another year of challenges and rewards For the CLC 2011 has been both challenging and immensely rewarding.

Fri, December 09, 2011 CLC Rangers step up for Central Australian fires The Central Land Council has congratulated its Aboriginal ranger groups in Central Australia which helped to greatly reduce the impact of the recent wildfires in the region.

Fri, December 09, 2011 Time to get behind Aboriginal fire management The Central Land Council believes that it’s time to take the next step in improving fire management on Aboriginal land.

Thu, December 08, 2011 NT Government’s tick and flick policy courts disaster The Central Land Council is calling for a freeze on processing exploration permit applications involving fraccing until a proper regulatory framework is in place and environmental assessments have been undertaken.


Fri, October 21, 2011 CLC : No slush fund Senator Scullion


Thu, August 04, 2011 B Bunter: Land rights pioneer mourned The Central Land Council is mourning the loss of a well respected 'law boss' and a strong supporter of Warlpiri and Gurindji law and culture.


Mon, July 11, 2011 New dialysis unit a huge win for Lajamanu

Mon, July 11, 2011 Neutral Junction Natitve Title Consent determination

Mon, July 11, 2011 Kurundi Native Title Consent Determination


Fri, June 24, 2011 CLC welcomes the big supermarkets’ smart action on alcohol in Alice Springs The move this week by both of the major supermarket chains to stop selling two-litre casks and to implement a minimum floor price on bottled wine in Alice Springs has been welcomed by the Central Land Council.

Fri, June 24, 2011 CLC hoping for fresh start post intervention

Wed, June 15, 2011 Muckaty fast track short sighted

Tue, June 07, 2011 Land back: Aboriginal title to Simpson Desert

Tue, June 07, 2011 PM hands land back: Finke Gorge National Park

Tue, June 07, 2011 Prime Minister hands back Aboriginal land The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard will hand Aboriginal freehold title under the Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to four areas of land in Central Australia today.


Sat, May 21, 2011 CLC criticises Northern Territory Government Working Future policy The Central Land Council says it has serious concerns about the lack of detail in the Northern Territory Government’s Working Future policy.

Thu, May 05, 2011 Ooratippra native title consent determination A native title consent determination for exclusive possession of Ooratippra pastoral lease will be handed down by the Federal Court tomorrow at Ooratippra pastoral lease some 300 kilometres north west of Alice Springs.

Wed, May 04, 2011 Blue signs on Aboriginal land to go The blue signs on Aboriginal land can at last be removed but Aboriginal communities will have to write and ask for them to be changed or taken down.


Wed, March 23, 2011 Mutitjulu uses Uluru rent money to buy pool After a long struggle, the residents of Mutitjulu will finally get their own swimming pool after the Uluru Kata Tjuta Board of Management approved its installation at a meeting last week.

Fri, March 04, 2011 Statement on Statehood from David Ross, director of the Central Land Council Statement on Statehood from David Ross, director of the Central Land Council

Tue, March 01, 2011 CLC calls for new Community Employment and Enterprise Development Scheme for remote Indigenous Austr The Central Land Council has asked delegates at the ACTU’s Indigenous Conference in Darwin to support a call for the development of a new Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise Development scheme for remote Indigenous Australia.

Tue, March 01, 2011 Closing the Gap CLC says dump dictatorial directives for community development


Thu, February 24, 2011 Phosphate mine boost to Barkly Aboriginal people are set to benefit from a major new mining project in the Barkly region.

Wed, February 23, 2011 Waste dump law should be rejected The Central Land Council has called on the Senate to reject the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 in its entirety, pointing out the legislation that has passed the House of Representatives is fundamentally flawed.

Fri, February 18, 2011 CLC calls for new Community Employment and Enterprise Development Scheme The Central Land Council has asked delegates at the ACTU’s Indigenous Conference in Darwin to support a call for the development of a new Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise Development scheme for remote Indigenous Australia.

Thu, February 10, 2011 Closing the Gap: CLC says dump dictatorial directives for community development The Central Land Council says that it is little wonder that the progress of the Closing The Gap initiative is so underwhelming when the Aboriginal people it effects had no involvement in its development.

Fri, February 04, 2011 CLC and Bushfires NT present united fire warning The Central Land Council and Bushfires NT have joined forces to warn Central Australians against becoming complacent with fire even though cooler temperatures and heavy rain are forecast.



Mon, October 25, 2010 Uluru Anniversary The Central Land Council says the traditional Aboriginal landowners of Uluru should be congratulated on their resilience and tolerance on the 25th anniversary of the handback of Uluru Kata Tjuta tomorrow.

Mon, October 25, 2010 A bitter struggle During a key moment of the ceremony to hand over the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to its traditional owners in 1985, a plane flew overhead towing a sign that read, “AYERS ROCK FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS”.


Thu, September 30, 2010 CLC welcomes Senator Scullion’s support for self determination Aboriginal people have the right to decide about what happens to them." - Coalition spokesman for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion, The Australian, September 30, 2010.

Sun, September 12, 2010 CLC pays tribute to the late Kwementyaye Williams Entertainer, executive, great grandfather, leader - The Central Land Council has expressed its condolences to the family of Kwementye Williams for the loss of a father, grandfather and great grandfather who was a renowned Central Australian figure.


Thu, August 19, 2010 Mining royalties pay for new Nyirripi Learning Centre A new Community Learning Centre will be opened in Nyirrpi this week, paid for by Aboriginal people using royalty monies from mining.

Tue, August 17, 2010 The quest for princess parrot trampling Aboriginal land The Central Land Council, after consultation with traditional owners of the Haasts Bluff Aboriginal Land Trust, has knocked back a number of permit requests for access to the Trust.

Sun, August 15, 2010 Licence buy backs a good step The Central Land Council has congratulated the Australian and Northern Territory governments for announcing their intention to buy back three take away liquor licences in Alice Springs.