Saturday, March 14, 2009

Northern Territories Indigenous Communities to Receive $10 Million in Grants

$10 million of grants for NT Indigenous communities

Joint Media Release with The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Member for Lingiari

A new community store and a transport service for remote Indigenous communities are among 20 successful applicants to share in almost $10 million in funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The Australian Government and the ABA Advisory Council have supported a range of projects including improvements to food security in remote communities, access to education and employment and better management of land and sea resources.

These grants provide essential services to improve the lives of Indigenous people and help develop remote Indigenous communities.

The Australian Government understands that economic and employment opportunities are critical to turning around Indigenous disadvantage.

Working in partnership with Indigenous communities to achieve the improvements they want for their communities is central to the Australian Government's commitment to engaging with Indigenous people.
The Robinson River community will receive $1.6 million for a new community store.

Continuing to improve the affordability and availability of healthy food for Indigenous Australians in remote areas is vital to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

The Katherine region will receive $2.79 million to develop and run a three-year pilot program providing transport to Indigenous communities around the Katherine region. This pilot will test the viability of an ongoing transport service for this region.

Yipirinya School Council will also receive a grant of $170,000 to purchase two buses to support children attending school from Jay and Burt Creek.

The Laynhapuy sea rangers will receive $237,508 for a new sea vessel built to survey requirements to enhance coastal marine maintenance.

The ABA was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

It receives financial compensation from the Commonwealth equivalent to the value of royalties paid in respect of mining interests on Aboriginal land.

The complete list of successful applicants can be found here.

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