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STATUTORY FUNCTIONS

The statutory functions of the CLC are described in section 23(1) of the Land Rights Act:

  • to ascertain and express the wishes and the opinion of Aboriginals living in the area of the land council as to the management of Aboriginal land in that area and as to appropriate legislation concerning that land
  • to protect the interests of traditional owners of, and other Aboriginals interested in, Aboriginal land in the area of the land council
  • to assist Aboriginals in the taking of measures likely to assist in the protection of sacred sites on land (whether or not Aboriginal land) in the area of the land council
  • to consult with traditional owners of, and other Aboriginals interested in, Aboriginal land in the area of the land council with respect to any proposal relating to the use of that land
  • where the land council holds in escrow a deed of grant of land made to a land trust under section 12:

– to negotiate with persons having estates or interests in that land with a view to the acquisition of those estates or interests by the land trust; and

– until those estates or interests have been so acquired, to negotiate with those persons with a view to the use by Aboriginals of the land in such manner as may be agreed between the land council and those persons

  • to negotiate with persons desiring to obtain an estate or interest in land in the area of the land council:

– where the land is held by a land trust – on behalf of traditional owners (if any) of that land and of any other Aboriginals interested in the land; and

– where the land is the subject of an application referred to in paragraph 50(1)(a) – on behalf of the traditional owners of that land or on behalf of any other Aboriginals interested in the land

  • to assist Aboriginals in the area of the land council to carry out commercial activities (including resource development, the provision of tourist facilities and agricultural activities), in any manner that will not cause the land council to incur financial liability or enable it to receive financial benefit
  • for land that is a community living area and in the area of the land council – to assist the owner of the land, if requested
    to do so, in relation to any dealings in the land (including assistance in negotiating leases of, or other grants of interests in, the land)
  • to assist Aboriginals claiming to have a traditional land claim to an area of land within the area of the land council in pursuing the claim, in particular, by arranging for legal assistance for them at the expense of the land council
  • to negotiate, and enter into agreements, as necessary, for the purposes of subsection 70(4)
  • to compile and keep:

– a register recording the names of the members of the land council, and

– a register recording the names of the members of the land trusts holding, or established to hold, Aboriginal land in its area and descriptions of each area of such Aboriginal land

– to supervise, and provide administrative or other assistance for, land trusts holding, or established to hold, Aboriginal land in its area.