One of the principal tasks landowners have set for Dhimurru is to implement and manage a permit system enabling people to have access to popular recreational areas on Aboriginal land whilst ensuring that landowners requirements are met. To fulfil this objective Dhimurru has been delegated authority to issue permits from the Northern Land Council pursuant to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Act 1979.
Anyone wanting to visit our Recreational Areas must obtain a General Permit from Dhimurru before they go.
You may also need to obtain a Special Permit depending on which Recreation Areas you will be visiting.
Special Permit areas are subject to additional requirements aimed at minimising recreational impacts; maintaining access for Yolngu particularly in relation to cultural activities, and/or providing exclusive opportunities (i.e. those areas where only one group is allowed at a time).
Bookings for Special Permit areas are essential. General Permits are a prerequisite to obtaining a Special Permit.
Landowners retain the right to close areas from time to time for ceremonial or management purposes. Dhimurru will make every effort to ensure adequate notification of such events is provided.
Permit charges are levied as a payment for entry, they are not a payment for services.
Notably landowners have decided to put income from permits back into the operations of Dhimurru. Most permit income is not paid as dividends to members. Thus revenue raised through the permit system is used to further Dhimurru's constitutional objectives.
Permit revenue covers a lesser portion of Dhimurru's costs and Dhimurru relies heavily on sponsors to fund projects and operations. Major sponsors include: Rio Tinto, Department of Environment and Heritage, Gumatj and Yirrkala CDEP, the Aboriginal Benefits Account, the Indigenous Land Corporation, World Wide Fund for Nature, the Natural Heritage Trust, the Threatened Species Network, Humane Society International, and the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service.