Joint Media Release with CLP candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Commonwealth Government is investing in the future of Yolngu children in East Arnhem Land through a $3.2 million sport and recreation program through the East Arnhem Regional Council.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, visited Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land today to see the activities delivered with this investment.
“The Country Liberals are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities across the Territory to keep children engaged and communities safe.
“I believe that all Territory children should have access to activities that can keep them engaged over the holidays in safe and positive activities that set up the foundation for a successful start to the school year.”
“The sport and recreation program is also an important part of our efforts to work with communities to get more children to attend school and supports the federally funded Remote School Attendance Strategy.
“The Country Liberals listened to communities that told us that school attendance and youth engagement were important priorities and we are committed to supporting these services into the future.
“This is in stark contrast to the silence from Warren Snowdon and Territory Labor who have not prioritised school attendance and have not committed to the ongoing future of the Remote School Attendance Strategy.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price said, “The Country Liberals are committed to investing in youth and keeping children engaged in school holiday periods to support Yolngu youth and their families.
“Investments in youth programs are also important to improving community safety by keeping children engaged and reducing rates of engagement with the justice system both now and into the future.
“Strong communities are built on a foundation of healthy and engaged children, and that is why I am committed to fighting for projects that support Territory families and their children.’ Jacinta Price said.
The East Arnhem Regional Council is delivering this important program in Ramingining, Milingimbi, Galiwinku, Gapuwiyak, Yirrkala, Gunyangara, Umbakumba, Angurugu and Milyakburra. Activities being provided include basketball, AFL, cooking classes, movie nights and cultural camps at homelands