The Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) is bound by the key legislative requirements which determine the objects and functions of a Local Aboriginal Land Council as contained in the amended Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA).
The LALC is an incorporated body constituted under the ALRA. The ALRA states that the object of each Local Aboriginal Land Council is to "improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal persons within the Council’s area and other persons who are members of the Council".
The functions of the Land Council include:
- Make claims on vacant crown land
- Acquire land and to use, manage, control, hold or dispose of, or otherwise deal with, land vested in or acquired by the Council
- Protect the interests of Aboriginal persons in its area in relation to the acquisition, management, use, control and disposal of land
- Take action to protect the culture and heritage of Aboriginal persons in the Council’s area, subject to any other law
- Promote awareness in the community of the culture and heritage of Aboriginal persons in the Council’s area
- Prepare and implement, in accordance with the Act, a community, land and business plan
- Manage, in accordance with the Act and consistently with its community, land and business plan, the investment of any assets of the Council
- Facilitate business enterprise in accordance with the Act, and the regulations, and consistently with the community, land and business plan
- Directly, or indirectly, provide community benefits under the community benefits scheme
- Provide, acquire, upgrade or extend residential accommodation for Aboriginal persons within its area
- Establish or participate in the establishment of, a trust for the purpose of providing a community benefits scheme.
The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council is a significant organisation in our community. We seek to become the most highly visible and most recognised Aboriginal organisation in the Sydney Metropolitan Region. Metro’s continued existence and strength is an important symbol and a vital ongoing resource to its members.
We do this as a tribute to, and as a reminder of, the struggles and achievements of Elders and those who have gone before us to fight for land rights and justice for our people.