Feature picture of Central Land Council CEO Les Turner: Paul Wiles/CAAMA

The Central Land Council have welcomed the passing of amendments to the NT Aboriginal Land Rights Act, saying it will allow territory Aboriginal-led decisions about the Aboriginal Benefits Account (ABA).

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The ABA distributes royalties generated by mining and related activity on Aboriginal land in the NT, with a new NT Aboriginal Investment Corporation making decisions about grants and investments.

A new CEO for the corporation will be hired, and a 12 member board will be established, comprising eight representatives from the Territory’s land councils and four other independent members.

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Central Land Council CEO, Arrernte man Les Turner says there will be significant advantages for Aboriginal people to the new corporation.

CAAMA’S Philippe Perez spoke with Central Land Council CEO Les Turner. Listen further here: