Joint Media Release with Chair Northern Development Oversight Committee, Senator for Queensland Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald
The Coalition Government is investing more than $1.6 million to support better outcomes for First Australians living in the Far North Queensland community of Yarrabah.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Northern-based Senator and Chair of the Northern Australia Development White Paper Implementation oversight Committee, Ian Macdonald, announced the investment in Community Development Programme-like activities, leadership projects and support for native title holders today.
“The Government is committed to doing things with Indigenous Australians and these investments in Yarrabah deliver on the community’s priorities of employment, economic development and support for community leadership,” Minister Scullion said.
“I have listened to Mayor Ross Andrews and his Council’s call for a return to community-driven work-for-the-dole activities like those provided under the Community Development Programme, and I will be providing $1.1 million to the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council to support this work.
“The Government is providing this funding to the Council to conduct a jobs and activities audit, run work-for-the-dole activities for 100 participants and place 25 jobseekers into real work.
“I acknowledge the leadership of Mayor Andrews and his Council in putting forward a proposal to engage community members and support jobseekers into work and look forward to seeing the Council roll out activities like community fencing and property management.
“We know that involving communities and their leaders in the delivery of these programmes is the best way to engage the community – and I am pleased to be able to invest in community-driven services that have not been available in Yarrabah since 2009, when the former Government introduced mainstream employment services.”
Senator Macdonald said the Coalition Government was investing in communities such as Yarrabah to support local jobs and businesses.
“The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to our Developing Northern Australia agenda and we will work in partnership with communities like Yarrabah across the north to drive this growth,” Senator Macdonald said.
On top of the $1.1 million employment and community engagement investment, the Government is also providing $375,000 to Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services to run a Yarrabah Community Recovery Plan leadership project.
“I am looking forward to working with the leaders involved in the Recovery Plan to consider future opportunities for Yarrabah and develop a community-led approach to planning and improving outcomes for Yarrabah residents,” Minister Scullion said.
In addition, the Government is providing $150,000 to the Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation (a Prescribed Body Corporate – native title holding corporation) to support the development of an Eco-Tourism Project and improve the capability of the native title holding body.
“The Coalition Government has allocated, for the first time, funding directly available for native title holding bodies to access support to build their capability and capacity to engage in opportunities for economic development and to make better use of their native title rights and interests. Funding for the Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation is provided from this allocation,” Minister Scullion said.
“I look forward to visiting Yarrabah again soon and working with Senator Macdonald to see the positive impact of this support from the Coalition Government and our continuing partnership with the community and its leaders.”