Local Aboriginal Land Councils
The purpose of Local Aboriginal Land Councils is to improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal people in the Council's area and other persons who are members of the Council.
There are 4Local Aboriginal Land Councils whose boundaries overlap with the Bellingen Shire:
- Dorrigo Plateau Local Aboriginal Lands Council
- Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Lands Council
- Nambucca Heads Local Aboriginal Lands Council
- Bowraville Local Aboriginal Lands Council situated in Bowraville
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.
Local Aboriginal Land Council services include housing, legal affairs, employment, training and property acquisition and management.
Dorrigo Plateau Local Aboriginal Land Council
Address: 24 Vine Street, Dorrigo, NSW 2453
Phone: 02 6657 2606
Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council
Address: Wongala Estate, Wongala Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Phone: 02 6652 8740
Bowraville Local Aboriginal Land Council
Address: 66 High Street, Bowraville, NSW, 2449
Phone: 02 6564 7812
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.