The ALC is a ‘future-forward’ Land Council, highly geared to enable the Anindilyakwa people to take full advantage of the opportunities and technology available in the 21st Century, while simultaneously preserving land, language and culture. This is the directive given by the 14 clans of the archipelago.
Today the ALC is a driving force in the creation of sustainable local economies. The road to self-sustainability began back in 1976, with the passing of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act (ALRA). At this pivotal time in their history, the Anindilyakwa people became one of the first Australian Aboriginal traditional owner groups, recognised by Australian law, as having inalienable freehold title over the islands within the Groote Archipelago. As a result of the Act (1976), the Northern Land Council (NLC) then became the statutory corporate body responsible for activities within the Groote Archipelago, on behalf of the interests of those 14 owner clans. Then in 1991, the Anindilyakwa Land Council was established, taking over most of the roles previously held by the Northern Land Council (the NLC remains responsible for Native Title representation). Nowadays the ALC, under section 23(1) of the ALRA undertakes the following:
- Management of the land to protect TOs' interests
- Protection of sacred sites
- Consultation regarding proposals relating to lands and seas in the Groote Archipelago
- Provision of assistance to Traditional Owners to engage in commercial activities and economic development
- Supervision and administration of Lands Trusts
- Control of visits by all non-indigenous people through monitoring and permits.
- Protection and preservation of culture, including Intellectual Property, Copyright and reproduction of cultural products to safeguard against illegal or improper use of research, digital images, designs, stories, bio-cultural information, artefacts and art.
See Publications for ALC's Annual Reports and Newsletters.