Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Country Liberals are investing $13.8 million to deliver important services such as night patrols, youth and community safety programs and business programs in Arnhem Land.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said this investment will improve outcomes for Indigenous Territorians living in Arnhem Land.
Minister Scullion said that everything the CLP had delivered since coming to office was delivered in partnership with Aboriginal communities and designed to help close the gap in disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“We have ensured that the priorities and needs of Indigenous communities have been at the centre of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS),” Minister Scullion said.
“Importantly, 60% of the organisations we are funding are Indigenous organisations, compared to only 30% at the start of the IAS. We are committed to this because we know Indigenous organisations are best placed to deliver these services and are more likely to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.”
Ms Price was pleased to announce the additional funding for organisations in Arnhem Land today.
“Through the IAS, we are investing in local projects across our priority areas of school attendance and education, employment and business development and community safety,” Ms Price said.
“I am proud to be supporting these vital programmes which demonstrate the CLP’s commitment to working with Aboriginal Territorians.
“The projects we are investing include an $8 million investment over three years into East Arnhem Regional Council’s community night patrols which provide many benefits to communities in that area such as transporting vulnerable people at risk of causing or becoming victims of harm to a safe place, and ensuring children are at home or in another safe location with a parent or carer at night.
“The CLP are also investing $2.1 million over a year for youth sports and recreation programs run by East Arnhem Regional Council in nine remote communities – Gunyangara, Milingimbi, Ramingining, Gapuwiyak, Galiwin’ku, Yirrkala, Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra.
“East Arnhem Regional Council runs regular youth sport and recreation activities outside school hours and during holidays to build engagement with education as well as special events like discos, movie nights, off country activities or other activities to facilitate youth engagement and diversion.
“West Arnhem Regional Council will receive funding of $515,000 over a year for youth sports and recreation programs to not only increase participation in sport and recreation activities; but also encourage community ownership and management of sport and recreation activities, and provide employment opportunities to Indigenous people in the delivery of sport and recreation activities.
“The CLP is also providing an investment of $241,090 over a year for the Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation to operate the Borroloola Safe House, which provides a 24/7 refuge for victims of family and domestic violence in Borroloola.
“We need to ensure our children and families are safe. We want to put a stop to all forms of family violence and we need to have the right supports in place to do this.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women. This rate is unacceptably high and this project is one initiative to provide the intensive support needed to ensure women and their families can be free from violence.”
“I am proud to be part of the CLP that is not only delivering better services for the bush but also on the most important priority of keeping our women and children safe with by investing in services like the Borroloola Safe House,” Ms Price said.
Senator Scullion said the Country Liberals were also providing $2.4 million to assist the NT Police operate a Dog Operations Unit on Groote Eylandt to improve community safety and disrupt the supply of drug, alcohol and kava supplies to Angurugu, Alyangula and Umbakumba communities on Groote.
“I am also pleased to work with the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation with an investment of $500,000 for an Indigenous Business Incubator Pilot to work with local Aboriginal people in Galiwinku, Millingimbi, Ramingining, and Arnhem home lands to get small businesses started and support them as they stabilise.”