The Country Liberals are investing $8.4 million to deliver important services such as day and night patrols and family violence prevention programs in the Barkly region.
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 the Barkly.
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 the Barkly region today.
“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 $7.25 million over three years to the Barkly Regional Council for its community night patrol program that will help improve community safety and promote culturally appropriate conflict and dispute resolution in the communities of Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Wutungurra, Mungkarta, Canteen Creek, Imangara and Tara.
“Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $785,900 over one year for its Ankinyi Wirranjiki Night Patrol Project and another $165,000 investment for Day Patrol Project, both of which must operate at times when they are needed most in the community as determined in partnership with the community and stakeholders such as NT Police, schools, Remote School Attendance Strategy teams, and youth programs.
“The CLP are also investing $236,550 to Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation over three years for their Indigenous Family Safety Program to provide support to indigenous community members who have experienced and are at risk of domestic and family violence.
“Anyinginyi and external specialist services will provide trauma treatment and education tools through case management plans to individuals at risk.
“The program’s aim is to reduce family and domestic violence through community educational sessions to reduce violence and improve the family environment.
“We need to ensure our children and families are safe. We want to put a stop to all forms of family violence and we need to have the right supports in place to do this.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women. This rate is unacceptably high and this project is one initiative to provide the intensive support needed to ensure women and their families can be free from violence.”
“I am proud to be part of the CLP that is not only delivering better services for the bush but also on the most important priority of keeping our women and children safe with by investing in organisations such as Anyinginyi,” Ms Price said.