Kenbi handover creates new dawn

A new chapter has been written for the Cox Peninsula which was handed back to traditional owners in an emotional ceremony on Tuesday 21 June 2016.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the handover of the Kenbi Land was “a truly historic occasion which will secure the future of Darwin for generations to come”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was among the attendance of more than a thousand people.

The Kenbi Land Claim was first lodged in 1979 and extensive legal processes, lengthy negotiations, four hearings by the Aboriginal Land Commissioner and two High Court challenges followed.

The land offered as part of the settlement includes:

  • 52,000 hectares of Aboriginal Land, including 13,000 hectares of freehold land in the north of the Cox Peninsula
  • and 20% of the freehold land in the north-east area will be granted to the Larrakia Development Corporation.

The total freehold area is equivalent to approximately the current City of Darwin municipality area or 2.3 times the current City of Palmerston municipality.

“This freehold area will lead to significantly increased opportunities for residential and commercial developments on the Cox Peninsula for at least the next 100 to 150 years,” Mr Giles said.