Sydney Seminar Series

29 October 2015

Joe Morrison will present

"How the Northern Land Council assists Aboriginal peoples in the Top End of the Northern Territory to manage their traditional lands and seas."

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act was passed by the Commonwealth Parliament in late 1976. It's allowed Aboriginal people to win back more than half the NT land mass as Aboriginal freehold land.The High Court Blue Mud Bay decision of 2008 gave ownership of 85 per cent of the NT coastline to adjacent Aboriginal Land Trusts. The High Court's Mabo decision of 1992 has led to much of the remainder of the NT land mass not held as Aboriginal land being recognised under the Native Title Act. The Northern Territory Land Rights Act also created four land councils in the NT, the Northern Land Council being the biggest Indigenous statutory organisation in the country.

Four decades after its creation, what role is left for the Northern Land Council? Joe Morrison has been Chief Executive of the NLC for nearly two years. He wants the NLC to be a leader in the gathering push to develop the north. He argues that Aboriginal people have not been engaged in northern development; the very people who have the overwhelming interests in the NT's landscape do not have a seat at the planning table.

Joe Morrison is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council.

He was born and raised in Katherine and has Dagoman and Torres Strait Islander heritage.He holds a tertiary qualification from the University of Sydney in Natural Resource Management and has more than 20 years' experience working with Indigenous people across northern Australia and around the world on rights-based approaches to the management and development of their lands and waters. His experience includes extensive community development, research and policy creation focused on land and water rights, climate change, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous employment and governance.

Joe was the founding Chief Executive of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, a small not for profit company that brings western science-focused research into local community based settings across tropical northern Australia. During this period NAILSMA provided high level policy, research and advice to Australian Governments on Indigenous Rangers, Carbon economies, water policy and community development.

He has been intrinsically involved in the 'Northern Development' agenda advocating the importance of Indigenous control over our lands and waters through the creation of a Indigenous development prospectus that sustains people, culture and future generations. Joe has authored and co-authored many articles relating to Indigenous rights, management of country, economic development and of northern development.

Time: 1.00pm

Location: Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre

Cost: Free

Contact: Carol

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