Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Coalition Government has approved $2.1 million in Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Homelands Projects in the Central Australian region.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced the investments in his remarks to the Central Land Council Full Council (CLC) meeting in Yulara today and said the 47 projects would improve the amenity and living standards of fifteen homelands across the CLC region. The CLC will continue to progress over coming months, with 105 Homelands across the region expected to benefit from the total investment of $15.75 million.
“I am pleased to be supporting these important local ABA projects which have been decided by each community following consultations conducted by the CLC and I thank the CLC for their assistance in this process.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, said that a number of communities would benefit including Aileron, Angula, Irrelirre, Urlampe and Pulardi just to name a few.
“Some of the ABA projects funded include upgrades to water, communications and power, fencing, airstrip upgrades, waste infrastructure and road works.
“These projects have been determined in consultation with the community and that is how it should be.
“For example we will invest $150,000 into Urlampe to grade, recap, remark and add a wind sock to the airstrip to improve accessibility for residents especially during emergencies.
“The $108,000 investment for a new bore in Anningie will provide greater water security for local residents.
“These community driven projects is part of the CLPs reforms to remove the politics from the ABA process as happened under the former Labor government and as will no doubt happen again if Bill Shorten is elected.
These initiatives are part of the ABA Homelands Project, a $40 million investment to improve living conditions in homelands (or outstations) in the Northern Territory.
The Homelands Project has grown out of the ABA Advisory Committee’s Investing in Country and Culture proposal.
The fifteen homelands to receive this first stage of investment include: Adelaide Bore, Aileron, Angula, Ankweleyelengkwe, Anningie, Don’s Bore, Foxalls Well, Irrelirre, Jemelke, Mt Eaglebeak, Mulga Bore, Pulardi, Spotted Tiger, Urlampe, 10 Mile Outstation.