24 July 2023 DHA statement on Lee Point - 24 July 2023

DHA takes consultation with the Traditional Owners on Lee Point seriously and has undertaken a thorough consultation process on the project, which ultimately led to the project attaining support from the Larrakia Nation.

DHA has obtained all necessary approvals, consents, permits and other authorisations as required by law to undertake the Lee Point project. This includes permission under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act 1989 and clearance by the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. In addition to this DHA has been in consultation with the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation over many years on the project.

Our commitment to working with the Larrakia Nation on Lee Point will continue and DHA has commissioned a further comprehensive and independent Aboriginal cultural heritage report.

DHA will continue to voluntarily stop work at the site while we liaise with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water on the project.

The Lee Point development will provide much needed housing for Defence families and the broader Darwin community.