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Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust

Category: Organisation
Sub Category:Aboriginal Land Trust (Northern Territory)
Location:Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Land Management
Summary Information:
The Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust was created by the Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal Affairs pursuant to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth). Land Trusts generally consist of a Chairperson and not less than three other members (membership of around six traditional Aboriginal owners is common).

Members are nominated by the relevant Land Council (in this instance the Northern Land Council) and appointed by the Minister. All land vested in a Land Trust must be managed in accordance with directions from the relevant Land Council.

The Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust holds two deeds of grant over land in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. These grants were made on 30 May 1980 under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth). The deeds of grant cover the area formerly comprising the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve, and include numerous adjacent islands. Both the deed of grant for the mainland and for the adjacent islands extend to the low water mark.

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Land Use and Access Agreements between Perkins Shipping and the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust - Signatory
  • Gulin Gulin Buffalo Company Land Use Agreement - Signatory
  • Case Law
  • Gawirrin Gumana v Northern Territory of Australia (No. 2) [2005] FCA 50 - Respondent
  • Northern Territory of Australia & Anor v Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust & Ors (2008) HCA 29 (Blue Mud Bay Case) - Respondent

  • References

    Book
    Neate, Graeme (1989) Aboriginal Land Rights Law in the Northern Territory
    Case Law
    Federal Court of Australia (2005) Gawirrin Gumana v Northern Territory of Australia (No. 2) [2005] FCA 1425

    Glossary

    Aboriginal Land Trust (Northern Territory) (Australia)

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