Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) have a degree of governance and interface with Local Councils, State and Federal Government bodies.
There are three Local Aboriginal Land Councils whose boundaries overlap with the Byron Shire:
- Tweed Byron LALC situated in Tweed Heads
- Jali LALC situated in Ballina
- Ngulingah LALC situated in Lismore.
Local Aboriginal Land Councils have a right to be informed in the planning, protection and preservation of cultural sites and areas under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act on land within their boundaries.
The objectives of each Local Aboriginal Land Council are to improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal persons within the Council's area and other persons who are members of the Council.
Services include housing, legal affairs, employment, training and property acquisition and management.
Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council
21/25 Ourimbah Road, Tweed Heads, NSW 2485
Phone: 07 5536 1763
Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council
129 Tamar St, Ballina, NSW 2478
Phone: 02 6686 7055
Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council
53 Conway Street, Lismore, NSW 2480
PO Box 981, Lismore
Phone: 02 6621 5541
Note that the Ngulingah Land Council holds interests in a very small portion of land in the western reaches of the Byron Shire.
NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC)
The NSWALC is the State’s peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs, and aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community.
The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act gives NSWALC the mandate to provide for the development of land rights for Aboriginal people in NSW, in conjunction with a network of Local Aboriginal Land Councils. NSWALC also acts as an advisor to, and negotiates with, Governments, and other stakeholders, to ensure the preservation of Aboriginal land rights.