Understanding Leases Radio Programs


This series of 4 radio programs explores the concept of leasing, and present and planned leases in remote communities. Yolŋu Matha with some English

Yolŋu Matha with some English

This series of 4 radio programs explores the concept of leasing, and present and planned leases in remote communities. (A separate, 3-part series explores the proposed township leases.) Jamie, Wapiriny, Yinin and Warrngga are joined by Jonathan Kneebone and Shanti Rama from the NLC to talk about leases.

Understanding Leases - Part 1 of 4 - The meaning of Lease

In this program we talk about the concept of a lease as a written agreement where land owners agree to allow other people to use their land. While this is mostly a new concept for Yolŋu (Yolngu), there are examples of accessing another clan‘s land and asking permission. The bland (non-Indigenous) concept of lease is a written contract to use the land. (Length 10:00)

Understanding Leases - Part 2 of 4 - A lease sets the rules for using someone else’s land

The land rights act recognises Aboriginal traditional land owners in the NT, and leasing should have started then in 1976. However, most leasing started at the time of the intervention in 2007, and it became a government requirement for any government or organization using Aboriginal land to have a lease to use that land. A lease sets the rules for someone to use that land: where, how long for, what for, and how much rent they will pay. (Length 13:20)

Understanding Leases - Part 3 of 4 - Leases started in remote communities during the intervention

At the start of the 2007 intervention the Commonwealth government took a compulsory lease over each remote community in the NT for 5 years. The government had built many buildings such as schools, police stations, clinics etc. but didn’t have control over that land, they had never entered into leases to use that land. The government policy changed so that they required government and anyone receiving government funding to have control over any land that they were using in remote communities, through a lease. (Length 5:55)

Understanding Leases - Part 4 of 4 - Leases now in remote communities

The NT government were the first to negotiate leases. They sat down with traditional owners to work out the details, including which parts of land, what they would use it for, how long, and how much rent they would pay. The Commonwealth government have now also agreed to leases, and local shire councils are still making leases for the land they use. (Length 7:55)

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