Crown Lands house transferred to Aboriginal Land Council

Cobar Local Aboriginal Land Council chair Janelle McDonnell and board member Brenda Harvey with Crown Lands Aboriginal Land Claim Assessment Team manager Shane Smith at the recent handover.

Crown Lands has recently handed over the keys of a four-bedroom house to the Cobar Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) following a successful Aboriginal land claim.
Staff from the Aboriginal Land Claims As-sessment Team officially handed over the property on March 2, which includes a home with a carport and a lock-up, detached garage set on a 1,012 square metre block.
The home will form part of the Cobar LALC’s property portfolio and help to accom-modate local residents.
Under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, Aboriginal land councils can lodge claims on Crown land, which are then assessed against statutory criteria in the Act by the Department of Planning and Environment.
If determined to be claimable Crown land, the land is returned to the LALC in freehold title.