Tiwi Land Council

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The Tiwi Land Council was established following requests by the Tiwi people for recognition of their distinct geographic and cultural identity. These representations were a consequence of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 which came into operation on 26 January 1977.

A special gathering on Bathurst Island attended by the then Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable Ian Viner instituted the Tiwi Land Council on 7 September 1978 following Gazettal of the Land Council in Special Gazette No S 162 of 18 August 1978.[1]

The Tiwi Land Council aims to manage, protect and develop the interests of the Tiwi people in order to build and maintain an independent and resilient Tiwi society.[2]


  1. ^ Background - Structure, Tiwi Land Council.
  2. ^ Corporate Statements, Tiwi Land Council.

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