The community of Binjari in the Northern Territory is being supported to deliver better housing and more jobs for local residents, thanks to Coalition Government support for business development and land reform.
The Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation is growing its construction business with the support of a $300,000 grant from the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, visited Binjari today to announce the funding and applaud the work of the Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation, which continues to build its local construction and landscape firm.
“I am pleased to see local jobs and opportunities being created in the Binjari community and across communities in the region where Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation is undertaking works,” Minister Scullion said.
“With this investment, the Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation will purchase a forklift, bobcat and drop deck trailer, reducing hiring costs involved in being in a remote region while assisting in its current works in Minyerri, Ngukurr and Pigeon Hole.
“I congratulate the Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation on its continued growth and vision for the future, including its plans to create apprenticeships and traineeships for the local community, providing long-term employment opportunities in the area.
“The Coalition Government understands what Indigenous businesses need to grow and thrive in a transitioning economy. Our Indigenous Procurement Policy has already resulted in $434 million in contracts being won by more than 700 Indigenous businesses in its first 18 months, a 70-fold increase on the previous policies which resulted in just $6.2 million in contracts to Indigenous businesses in 2012-13.”
In March this year the Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation signed a 99-year housing lease with the Commonwealth to underpin housing investment under the Commonwealth-funded Remote Housing Strategy in the Binjari community.
“Because of the 99-year housing lease, the community’s housing stock will now be improved including through the building of 11 new houses and 16 upgrades to existing houses, funded under the Coalition Government’s Remote Housing Strategy.
“The Coalition Government is committed to working in partnership with our First Australians and this has been shown in our approach to working together to deliver a land tenure solution that works for the community of Binjari.
“The Government’s Indigenous land tenure reform agenda and support for business development will deliver better employment outcomes for Binjari and open up opportunities for home ownership in this community.”