After 10 years of negotiations traditional owners in Arnhem Land will finally be in control of developments on their own land.

The Gumatj clan have pioneered the new type of 99-year lease, which the Northern Land Council describes as a marked departure from top-down leasing arrangements proposed by the Commonwealth over the past decade.

“We hope the era of self-determination is returning to Aboriginal affairs where Aboriginal people take control of their own lives and their own destinies,” Northern Land Council (NLC) chief executive Joe Morrison said.

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