The war of words over planned changes to pastoral land leases is continuing.
The NT Government is planning to introduce changes to the Pastoral Land Act in Parliament this week.
NT cattle graziers, with support from the National Farmers Federation, say the changes will lead to more red tape and stifle investment.
The National Native Title Council has welcomed the proposed amendments.
The proposed bill is a significant achievement, and will help strengthen the capacity of native title holders to negotiate with pastoral land lessees, where native title co-exists on the same area as a pastoral lease, the council said.
The NT Government has agreed to amend the PLA to ensure native title holders have a right to negotiate (a right to be at the table) in relation to major economic developments on their traditional lands when a Non-Pastoral Use Permit (NPUP) for primary production diversification is sought on a pastoral lease.
The NNTC states that this better enables native title holders to be involved in discussions on land use arrangements, protect sacred sites and benefit from economic development on their lands including employment and business opportunities.
It is important to recognise that pastoralists do not own the land where pastoral leases exist, it is shared land with native title holders.
"Our position on the Pastoral Land Act is always to push for mutually beneficial outcomes for both native title holders and pastoral land lessees. It is important that both parties are given equal opportunity in the decision-making processes," NNTC's CEO Jamie Lowe said.
Mr Lowe said the proposed changes could mean significant economic development opportunities for First Peoples in the territory.
"Native title holders in the territory should share in equal benefit from economic activities that happen on their traditional lands, and importantly, they need to have equal footing at the negotiating table," Mr Lowe said.
"We know that developing northern Australia is a Government policy agenda, and if the development is to be sustainable then it needs to genuinely and meaningfully include the voices of Traditional Owners."
Meanwhile, the NT Livestock Exporters Association said the NT was in a period of sustained drought which has implications on the number of livestock available to be exported.
"Feed prices are high and the ability of the production sector to rebuild will be reliant on investment from within and outside the Territory," the association's chair David Warriner said.
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