Our Partners have experience in the following kinds of matters:

Obtaining Land and Businesses

  • Acting in the sale and purchase of pastoral properties and agricultural land including stock and plant and equipment by negotiating and drafting relevant agreements and advising on legislative requirements for transfer of property
  • Conducting due diligence on pastoral properties on behalf of prospective purchasers of pastoral land in the Territory
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements for the acquisition of subleases and licences of pastoral land for grazing purposes
  • Obtaining grazing licences from the Territory over Crown owned land
  • Advising pastoralists on the legal requirements for non-pastoral use permits including the native title requirements and Territory regulation
  • Acting for station owners in agisting cattle
  • Buying and selling fisheries and agriculture businesses

Aboriginal and Native Title Land

  • Negotiating with Aboriginal Land Councils (NLC and CLC) and Traditional Aboriginal Owners for pastoral land use agreements over Aboriginal land
  • Advising pastoral lease owners on the relationship between pastoral rights and native title rights that exist over pastoral land
  • Acting for Pastoral Lease owners in the majority of determinations of native title over pastoral properties to occur in the Territory to date

Aboriginal Sacred Sites and Heritage Sites

  • Advising landowners on access issues with Aboriginal sacred sites under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act
  • Advising on issues with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA)
  • Assisting landowners with access issues with heritage sites under the Heritage Act (NT)

Advice on Regulation

  • Advising pastoral lease owners on the regulatory requirements under key Northern Territory legislation including Pastoral Land Act and the Livestock Act
  • Acting for foreign owned entities with the requirements of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act (Cth)
  • Advice on the Fisheries Act (NT) and access to waters
  • Advice on issues under Crown Lands Act (NT)
  • Advice and assistance in dealing with cattle brands
  • Governance issues
  • Employment issues

Environmental Issues

  • Assisting pastoralists in dealing with environmental issues under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act (NT)
  • Issues with access to and use of water under the Water Act (NT)
  • Weed and pest management
  • Land management under the Pastoral Land Act, and projects affecting the environment under the Environmental Assessment Act
  • Issues under the Soil Conservation and Land Utilisation Act (NT)
  • Advising on agreements under section 74 of the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act (NT) regarding the protection and conservation of wildlife and natural features in an area of pastoral land

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