Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Territory would benefit from two local projects that have received Coalition Government funding to target disadvantage and encourage a stronger community.
The Miriam Rose Foundation has received $413,885 for a toolkit for schooling Indigenous children off country under the Strong and Resilient Communities grants programme.
Miriam Rose Foundation CEO Luke Arkapaw said, “This project will allow us to develop a deep understanding of what children who are being schooled off-country go through and will develop resources that will be helpful to all the stakeholders involved in off-country schooling, namely students, parents, schools and accommodation providers.”
Greening Australia NT will receive $312,346 in grant funding to provide horticultural skills training for migrant women in Dawin.
Lauren Shaw from Greening Australia NT said they were excited by the opportunity to work with the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory on the project.
“While Greening Australia will provide recognised horticultural skills training in our supportive environment, we will also engage the participants with several local groups including GULP NT (Growing and Using Local Produce) and Larrakia Cultural Educator Leslie Gordon to provide an opportunity to share cross-cultural knowledge of plant propagation, plant uses and cooking, and look forward to participants sharing their outcomes with Territorians during Harmony Day events,” Ms Shaw said.
Senator Scullion today congratulated the two organisations and said their work will continue to build inclusion and cohesion in the Northern Territory.
“Projects like this are invaluable as they are derived from local people who understand what is best for our community,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said 83 organisations had received a total of $36.6 million in funding under the Strong and Resilient Communities grants programme.
“This grants program complements the Turnbull Government’s national priorities of creating a safer Australia and helping people get into employment,” Mr Tehan said.
More information on Strong and Resilient Communities grants is available on the DSS website.