In the Northern Territory, at least 10,000 square kilometres of Aboriginal land has been returned to pastoralism. The three-year partnership between the Indigenous Land Corporation and other agencies is helping attract more people into the cattle industry, and funding could be extended for five more years.
The corporation’s manager of pastoral development, Luke Bowen, says it is on target to stock an extra 35,000 cattle across Aboriginal land.
“People like to see their land in production, there is no doubt about that whatsoever and I have seen it for myself where Indigenous people who have been sitting on land for quite a period of time, who have seen things happening next door are now able to speak quite proudly of the fact that they have got cattle on they’re land,” he said.
“They have got roads, they have got fences, they have got water points. “They have got cattle leaving the property and going on ships and going overseas. They are becoming part of the industry.”