Delivering since 1994

The North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) is the recognised Native Title Representative Body for its region, representing approximately 38,000 Aboriginal traditional owners and residents. NQLC’s region covers approximately 943,300 km2 of lands and waters, with approximately 411,164 km2 of this being land.

NQLC’s region is as diverse in its landscapes as it is in its culture, covering the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef, to seven bioregions on land. These bioregions include the Central Queensland Coast, Brigalow Belt, Wet Tropics of the coastal and upland areas, Einasleigh Uplands and Desert Uplands, Mitchell Grass Downs and the Savannah Gulf Plains.

NQLC has been representing its constituents since its incorporation in March 1994, achieving 54 native title consent determinations; and has negotiated numerous land use agreements to ensure maximum benefit to the traditional owners of their region.

It is NQLC’s mission to ensure that the native title rights and interests of every traditional owner within their region is legally recognised, and for Aboriginal people to benefit culturally, socially and economically from the secure possession of their traditional land and waters.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Mabo Decision

Our Vision

Our vision is for a region in which the native title rights and interests of every native title holder have been legally recognised, and which Aboriginal people benefit economically, socially and culturally from the secure possession of their traditional land and waters.

Our vision is to ensure the continuance of an organisation with good governance as a fundamental, and which gives traditional owners a representative board through the Ward Election process.

Latest News

Board Update (2022 Q1)

Board Update Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout NQLC’s representative footprint and recognise their...
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Executive Update (2022-Q1)

Executive Update Welcome everyone, to our first update for 2022. Whilst the global pandemic does continue around us, I am...
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Claims Team Update (2022-Q1)

Claims Team Update Welcome to the Claims Team’s first update for 2022. The Claims Team, comprising of the Legal and...
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EDST Update (2022-Q1)

Engagement and Development Support Team Update EDST has kickstarted the 2022 year working with PBCs in supporting their capacity development...
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NQLC’s 2021-2023 Office Bearers Elected

At their meeting held on Thursday, 10 March 2022, the NQLC Board of Directors voted in the office bearers for...
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First Peoples Health Equity Strategy

This post is on behalf of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health...
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NQLC CEO Position

The North Queensland Land Council wishes to advise that Graham O’Dell, Chief Executive Officer (Acting) has recently returned to his...
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MEDIA RELEASE FROM QRBA

MEDIA RELEASE ­­­­­DATE:                   25 January 2022 FROM:                  QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE BODY ALLIANCE (QRBA) RE:                        50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABORIGINAL TENT...
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NQLC Board of Directors 2021-2023

NQLC Board of Directors 2021-2023 On 12 November 2021, Ward Meetings took place in each of NQLC's 10 representative wards....
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Observing the 2021 AGM via Zoom

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Meet our Board

Richard Hoolihan
Richard Hoolihan
CHAIR - Charters Towers / Hughenden Ward
Rona Hart
Rona Hart
DEPUTY CHAIR - Innisfail Ward
Joann Schmider
Joann Schmider
TREASURER - Tablelands Ward
Sarah Addo
Sarah Addo
CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY - Cairns Ward
Nicole Huxley
Nicole Huxley
Tully Ward
Errol (Mala) Neal
Errol (Mala) Neal
Yarrabah Ward
Angie Akee
Angie Akee
Townsville / Ayr Ward
Kaylene Malthouse
Kaylene Malthouse
Tablelands Ward
Gary Mooney
Gary Mooney
Mackay / Proserpine Ward
Warren Martens
Warren Martens
Cairns Ward
Danny Hooligan
Danny Hooligan
Mount Garnet Ward
Delena Foster
Delena Foster
Palm Island Ward
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