The Territory Government has been negotiating with the three affected Land Councils and Traditional Owners, as well as meeting with stakeholders and the Australian Government. The negotiations are focussed on working towards long-term agreements for the benefit of all Territorians.

The Northern Land Council, with assistance from Territory Government officers, has been meeting with Traditional Owners from a large number of communities along the Territory coastline.

To allow time for the negotiations to continue the Northern Land Council has extended the interim arrangements until December 2016. These interim arrangements allow commercial fishers (including Fishing Tour Operators) and recreational fishers and other water users to continue to access waters overlying Aboriginal land, apart from the upper tidal waters of the Finniss River.

The Anindilyakwa Land Council is committed to working with government towards reaching a long-term agreement. Temporary arrangements allowing access to waters over Aboriginal land are in place while "good faith" negotiations continue.


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