Northern Territory

TOs say land council misled them on dump site


THE Northern Land Council misled its most senior­ Aboriginal leadership about their potential to host a nuclear waste dump on their land, according to documents obtained by The Australian.

Traditional owners had the opportunity to earn millions of dollars if they had allowed the nuclear site deal proceed.

It was revealed on Wednesday that a group of Ngapa ­people that favour economic develop­ment are suing the federal­ statutory authority for $17 million, claiming it neglected its duty to support the group’s bid to use its land to alleviate poverty.

Documents obtained by The Australian through a freedom-of-information request claim that, in 2015, the NLC told its full council of leaders it could not nominate land for a nuclear­ waste dump, when the federal government’s stated position was the opposite. In June 2014, the NLC settled litigation on a nomination for nuclear storage site at Muckaty Station, also known as Warlmanpa. The 2380sq km station is about 110km north…

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