Definition of land council in English:

land council


  • A body appointed to represent Aboriginal land interests.

    ‘land councils identify those who, by traditional succession, inherit rights to particular land’
    • ‘Last week, he attended a national native title conference along with a hundred or so other native title lawyers from Australia's 25 native title representative bodies or land councils.’
    • ‘The idea that Aborigines could obtain rents from those industries as the price for access to the land has been promoted by the Aboriginal industry and the land councils.’
    • ‘Land councils must find the money, must make the effort, to preserve the evidence prior to trial, whether by video recording or whether by taking early evidence.’
    • ‘Although an independent organisation, it appears to have sought extensive assistance from the land council.’
    • ‘The Kooma people had been granted a sheep property through the indigenous lands council.’
    • ‘Resource developments tend to proceed more efficiently where negotiations are conducted by land councils, representing the traditional owners under land rights regimes.’
    • ‘The Central Land Council says that it has only had one request for commercial development (other than the railway) since it has been in existence.’
    • ‘Subject to particular categories of exception, land can be claimed by a Land Council if it is, at the time of the claim, vested in the Crown.’
    • ‘There was a conflict over demands made by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council for the return of archaeological materials on the basis of their spiritual values.’
    • ‘Because we developed our Wotjobaluk traditional land council, we had seven families there, and each have representatives, so they each have a say.’