History of Metro LALC

  • In 1983 the Aboriginal Lands Right Act (ALRA) was established, to provide a way of compensating Aboriginal people for loss of their land

  • Through the ALRA, Aboriginal Land Councils were created to establish a system to claim land

  • Formerly known as the Redfern Land Council in 1983, it wasn’t until 1985 that Metro Aboriginal Lands Council was accepted as a Local Aboriginal Lands Council under the ALRA

  • The first annual meeting and membership drive was at the old Black Theatre Site, Cope Street Redfern

  • Today we are based in our premises at Level 2, 150 Elizabeth St Sydney


MetroLALC’s Significant Landmarks within our Boundaries

MetroLALC’s boundaries cover a large part of the Sydney basin. The area includes 25 Local Governments. Metro LALC borders on Darkinjung LALC to the North; La Perouse LALC South and South East; Deerubbin LALC to the West; Gandangarra LALC to the South West.
MetroLALC’s landmarksland marks include the following features within its boundaries:

Rivers :

  • Georges
  • Hawkesbury
  • Lane Cove,
  • Cook
  • Colo
  • Parramatta and Nepea

National Parks:

  • Sydney Harbour
  • Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
  • Garigal
  • Darug and Lane Cove


  • Clontarf
  • Manly
  • Curl Curl
  • Dee Why
  • Long Reef
  • Collaroy
  • Narrabeen
  • Mona Vale
  • Newport
  • Avalon
  • Whale
  • Palm


  • (Sydney Harbour) Shark
  • Clarke
  • Rodd
  • Goat Berry
  • Berry
  • Fort Dennison
  • Garden
  • Cockatoo
  • Strickland (Pittwater) Scotland (Hawkesbury River) Long
  • Danger
  • Lion
  • Bar Point
  • Friendly

Aboriginal Places:

  • Reef Beach
  • Towlers Bay
  • Quarantine Station & Bujwa Ba

Major Landmarks:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Parliament House
  • Luna Park
  • Australia Museum
  • Sydney Tower
  • Aquariums, Taronga Zoo
  • Olympic Park
  • Darling Harbour and Circular Quay

There are 1000’s of known registered Aboriginal sites, middens, shelters, deposits, engravings & burials. There are also many more sites which remain unregistered.