Long-running Kenbi Land Claim settled
The Northern Territory Government, Northern Land Council (NLC) and Commonwealth have all committed to the settlement of one of the longest running and complex land claims under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act.
The land offered as part of the settlement includes 52,000ha to become Aboriginal land including 13 000ha of freehold land in the north of Cox Peninsula.
As part of the settlement, the NLC agreed to withdraw claims over a number of parcels of land in exchange for the benefits represented by a grant of freehold.
In return, the Northern Territory Government now has certainty for population growth and future recreation and economic activities on the Cox Peninsula.
This settlement also includes ongoing public access to the intertidal zone and beaches within the land claim area, which is great news for the recreational fishing community and those who love camping and the great outdoors.
In order to secure free and public access to the coastal areas of the claim, the Territory Government offered Traditional Owners a package comprising:
- The grant of Karu Park, the previous site of Retta Dixon House, as Crown Lease in perpetuity;
- The grant of a development lot in the East Arm Darwin Business Park;
- Procurement provisions that incentivise develop partnerships with Indigenous business in future land subdivisions on Crown land;
- First right of refusal to partner in the development of Farrar West.
Lodged in 1979, the Kenbi Land Claim has taken more than 30 years to settle and involved extensive legal processes, lengthy negotiations, four hearings by the Aboriginal Land Commissioner and two High Court challenges.