Media Releases



Fri, December 15, 2017 APO NT: Aboriginal voices finally heard on CDP failure

Thu, December 14, 2017 Media Statement


Tue, November 21, 2017 What’s community development? International aid organisations to get answers from the bush

Wed, November 01, 2017 Between a rock and a hard place no more: Anangu close Uluru climb at last


Fri, October 20, 2017 Failure guaranteed if you don’t involve us, say Aboriginal organisations


Mon, September 25, 2017 Emily Gap custodians launch Anthwerrke interactive tour for visitors

Wed, September 20, 2017 CLC delegates want a say about an Indigenous voice to parliament

Fri, September 08, 2017 APO NT: Aboriginal organisations call to replace discriminatory Work for the Dole scheme


Tue, August 01, 2017 Phillip Creek native title determination to trigger memories


Thu, June 01, 2017 Traditional owners rejoice at NT government’s ban of mining in Watarrka National Park


Mon, May 08, 2017 Custodians seek prosecution and grog ban over sacred site desecration at Karlu Karlu

Wed, May 03, 2017 First native title determination in the Northern Territory’s South


Tue, April 04, 2017 Native title over Mt Riddock, Aileron and Nolan Bore to be declared

Mon, April 03, 2017 Constitutional Reform: Central Australian Aboriginal meeting calls for substantive change


Thu, March 23, 2017 Aboriginal Peak Organisations welcome Senate inquiry into Community Development Program

Thu, March 16, 2017 Township leasing our way: Mutitjulu celebrates its community-driven model



Thu, December 08, 2016 Township leasing our way: CLC approves community driven model for Mutitjulu

Wed, December 07, 2016 First Aboriginal carbon business in the CLC region wins contract for savannah burning

Thu, December 01, 2016 CLC to help organise Central Australian constitutional recognition referendum debates


Mon, November 21, 2016 Digital innovation from the Tanami Desert puts indigenous land managers across the globe in control

Fri, November 11, 2016 CLC says phase out ‘cops at shops’ policy and provide extra support for families affected by grog


Thu, September 01, 2016 Hetti Perkins’ art pick celebrates 40 years of land rights


Wed, August 24, 2016 NT land councils call for Indigenous led Northern development

Wed, August 17, 2016 Constitutional recognition must deliver benefits and enable treaties

Wed, August 17, 2016 Joint land council meeting asserts Aboriginal control over ABA funds

Wed, August 17, 2016 CLC delegates pick their favourite from Vincent Lingiari Art Award entries

Tue, August 02, 2016 APO NT: Opportunity for a fresh start on the Royal Commission


Fri, July 29, 2016 Royal Commission compromised from the start

Wed, July 27, 2016 Royal Commission: ‘do it with us, not to us’ NT Aboriginal organisations write to PM


Mon, June 20, 2016 Native title on Mt Denison and Narwietooma stations celebrated

Fri, June 03, 2016 Another piece of Simpson puzzle to be returned to traditional owners


Fri, May 27, 2016 CLC welcomes Labor’s promise to invest in indigenous ranger jobs

Wed, May 04, 2016 Central Land Council Ranger Camp 2016


Fri, April 29, 2016 CLC congratulates NT communities on their successful campaign against a nuclear waste dump

Wed, April 20, 2016 CLC confirms leadership duo, condemns top-down ABA ‘reform’

Mon, April 18, 2016 CLC delegates to elect new leadership team

Wed, April 06, 2016 Recognition at last of native title on two Northern Territory pastoral properties


Thu, March 17, 2016 Vincent Lingiari Art Award celebrates 40 years of land rights


Wed, February 10, 2016 Business as usual remote housing strategy won’t Close the Gap


Wed, January 20, 2016 Town camp tenancy contract and failed NT housing system both need review



Mon, November 30, 2015 Tjuwanpa Rangers celebrate their 10th birthday

Thu, November 26, 2015 Land Councils urge Senate support for positive Land Rights Act amendments

Wed, November 25, 2015 Australia owes traditional owners for their successful campaign to protect Watarrka

Tue, November 24, 2015 Watarrka mining: NT Chief Minister’s divide-and-rule manoeuvre won’t fool anyone

Mon, November 23, 2015 Watarrka National Park is the first test of new NT oil and gas policy

Wed, November 18, 2015 CLC to consult neighbours of shortlisted nuclear waste site

Thu, November 05, 2015 Expressions of interest open for a new nature-based tourism lodge in Central Australia


Sun, October 25, 2015 Uluru handback anniversary marks 10 years of CLC community development achievements

Thu, October 01, 2015 Katiti Petermann Indigenous Protected Area Declared


Wed, September 30, 2015 Traditional owners get ready to declare the land surrounding Uluru an Indigenous Protected Area

Tue, September 15, 2015 Huge Indigenous protected area for Central Australia to complete conservation jigsaw


Fri, August 28, 2015 Launch of ‘Every hill got a story’: our history, our words


Fri, June 19, 2015 Northern development on our own terms

Thu, June 04, 2015 Hard-line approach is failing our kids, and the community - APO NT


Thu, May 14, 2015 Budget delivers uncertainty and blackmail to NT outstations - Joint Media Release CLC-NLC


Mon, April 20, 2015 Threat of removal of ‘rock throwing’ children into care


Mon, April 13, 2015 CLC ranger wins 2015 NT Young Achiever Environment Award


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