Northern Territory

Jul 26, 2017

Indigenous clan takes land council to court over $29m in claimed losses from Muckaty Station debacle

Old wounds will be re-opened in the Federal Court after disgruntled Aboriginal Australians filed an action against the Northern Land Council for allegedly losing them large sums of money after canning the Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump proposal.

Bob Gosford — Editor of The Northern Myth

Bob Gosford

Editor of The Northern Myth

The traditional Aboriginal owners of Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory have launched legal action in the Federal Court in Darwin seeking to reopen one of the most contentious pieces of environmental litigation in recent Australian history.

In June 2007, the Northern Land Council, the Commonwealth statutory authority responsible for the administration of Aboriginal land in the top half of the Northern Territory, nominated remote Muckaty Station as a potential site for the management and storage of Australia’s radioactive waste on behalf of the Ngapa clan of traditional Aboriginal owners. Then-science minister Julie Bishop approved the nomination in September 2007.

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