Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Country Liberals are investing $16.6 million to deliver important services such as day and night patrols and youth outreach programs in Central Australia.
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 Central Australia.
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 Central Australia today, all for three years.
“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 $8.5 million investment into the Central Desert Regional Council’s Community Safety Patrols which will help improve safety in communities in the Central Desert Council area.
“The CLP is investing $2.1 million into Bushmob Aboriginal Corporation’s remote outreach team to work in town camps in Alice Springs and nearby remote communities to provide casework support for young people and their families on alcohol and drug harm minimisation and safety and wellbeing. We are funding important projects like this to improve access to services for youths and families in town camps and communities in Central Australia.
“The CLP is helping adults in communities improve their literacy by investing in the Literacy For Life Foundation Pilot Campaign in Santa Teresa. The Yes I Can adult literacy campaign model is designed to help people improve their employment prospects and helping people get into jobs is a key priority.
“Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council will receive $1.49 million for their youth program that will provide case management; youth education and support services and recreation and diversion activities to Indigenous youth from the Ngaanyatjatjarra Lands who are in Alice Springs and to Indigenous youth in Kiwirrkurra in WA near the NT border and closest community is Kintore.
“This NPY Women’s Council youth program will reduce the risk of Indigenous youth engaging in petrol sniffing and other volatile substance misuse and reduce their risk of contact with the criminal justice system.
“The Country Liberals are investing in a key priority of Community safety via an investment of $1 million into the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation’s Community Safety Program that includes regular patrols of the community to identify and address community safety issues, ensuring children are at home or in another safe location at night, assisting vulnerable people at risk of causing or becoming victims of harm and working collaboratively with local police, youth services, schools, Remote School Attendance Strategy and other community stakeholders.
“Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation will use a $1 million investment for the Central Australian Youth Link Up Service’s (CAYLUS) programs for Indigenous youth in the remote Central Australian Petrol Sniffing Strategy Zone and communities outside the zone to provide alternative activities as a way of diverting Indigenous youth from petrol sniffing.
“Petrol sniffing has devastating consequences wherever it occurs, leading to enormous harm especially to children and young people so in conjunction with low aromatic fuel these are vital programs I am proud the CLP are deeply committed to.
“Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation will receive another $225,000 to continue the Central Australian Youth Link Up Service’s (CAYLUS) Menstrual Health Management (MHM) Project that provides sanitary products and culturally appropriate menstrual hygiene management guidance in Central Australia. This investment will build on CAYLUS’ existing work to increase community awareness of MHM issues and provide practical support and education for girls, their families and communities.”
“I will continue to advocate for more essential services to support our girls and women and am proud to be working with the CLP to deliver this fantastic investment to the NPY Women’s Council,” Ms Price said.
Senator Scullion was pleased to announce that Riding for Disabled (RDA) Alice Springs would receive funding of $534,330 for an Equine Therapy Project.
“I have seen the wonderful work that RDA Alice Springs does in the community over many years and am thrilled to be backing this project that utilises horses for educational and personal growth for Aboriginal youth in Central Australia.
“Projects like this are just so important to diverting young men and women away from a life of substance abuse and crime and will provide activities designed to meet specific learning skills or educational goals for youth,” Senator Scullion said.