Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, today announced he would move to prioritise grants of land to finalise 15 Indigenous land claims in the Northern Territory.
This follows recommendations made by the Aboriginal Land Commissioner to Parliament earlier this year.
While addressing the 9th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum in Darwin Minister Wyatt said that:
“Land security is economic security.”
“And from economic security comes the ability to put in place the foundations that will lead to economic growth, job opportunity and better security for Indigenous Australians.”
The Aboriginal Land Commissioner’s Report covered 16 land claims recommended for grants —some of which were lodged nearly 40 years ago.
“I support his recommendations—and look forward to a collaborative effort between all stakeholders to make sure these claims are finalised over the coming months,” Minister Wyatt said.
Minister Wyatt wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council and Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Government indicating his support of the recommendations, and asking for their assistance to finalise the claims in a timely manner.
“It’s time we took action. Once I receive final details on each individual claim, we can move forward on finalising these longstanding grants,” Minister Wyatt said.
“This is economic empowerment, it’s entrusting Indigenous Australians to make decisions that will benefit their communities and people.”
To read the Aboriginal Land Commissioner’s report, visit: https://www.niaa.gov.au/resource-centre/indigenous-affairs/report-review-detriment-aboriginal-land-claims-recommended-grant-not-yet-finalised