Understanding Leases - Township Leases Radio Programs

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This series of 3 radio programs explores proposed township leases . With Jamie, Wapiriny, Yinin and Warrngga and Jonathan Kneebone and Shanti Rama from the NLC. Yolŋu Matha with some English

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Yolŋu Matha with some English

This series of 3 radio programs explores proposed township leases . With Jamie, Wapiriny, Yinin and Warrngga and Jonathan Kneebone and Shanti Rama from the NLC. (Another series discusses leases in general.)

Understanding Leases - Township Leasing - Part 1 of 3 - - What is a township lease

This program starts to talk about the proposed new township leases. These cover the whole township area in each remote community. The government and traditional owners make a lease, whereby the Executive Director of Township Leasing becomes the leaseholder for the whole township, and the government pay rent to traditional owners. (Length 9:10)

Understanding Leases - Township Leasing - Part 2 of 3 - Why does the government want township leases

The government say that with a township lease, more people will be able to own their own houses, and it will be better for economic development. However this can already happen under the existing law, the land rights act, and anyone wanting to take out a lease must negotiate with traditional owners. This didn’t happen in the past because no one took out leases, but now they do. Under a township lease anyone wanting to take out a lease will negotiate with the Executive Director for Township Leasing, they don’t have to talk with traditional owners. Township leases are already in place on the Tiwi islands and Groote Eylandt, but the government are still talking with traditional land owners on the mainland. (Length 12:20)

Understanding Leases - Township Leasing - Part 3 of 3 - The details of a township lease are negotiable

A township lease can be between 40 and 99 years. A lease will only start if Yolŋu agree to a lease. Traditional owners and the government negotiate the details of a township lease to come to an agreement that both the government and traditional owners are happy with. If Yolŋu are not happy, they can say no to a township lease. (Length 8:25)

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