Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Aboriginal children, young people and their families in the Barkly region will benefit from a $2 million investment over three years in a new program to train and support jobseekers to become work-ready.
The Coalition Government is making this investment through the successful Saltbush Social Enterprises organisation that has a strong and demonstrated record of success in delivering training and services to young Indigenous Territorians.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the best form of welfare was a job, and getting more people into work was critical to ending the cycle of violence and alcohol and drug abuse that the Barkly region has experienced in recent years.
The funding for Saltbush will deliver flexible, participant focused, life skills and leadership programs that are designed to help participants develop their capacity as strong, resilient community members. Each course has three distinct phases, including Engagement and Self Development, Realisation – Personal Skills Development and Actualisation – Life Essentials
“This investment is particularly focused at supporting young people in the Barkly, it is about giving them more options for work or further training and study should they wish which in turn will make families safer and healthier.”
Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, welcomed this funding and said it would help to address many of the issues facing young people in Tennant Creek.
“The CLP is focused on delivering targeted, effective and practical measures that deal directly with the issues impacting on our communities and the most vulnerable people in them.
“Today’s announcement confirms the CLPs commitment to supporting the Northern Territory’s remote communities,” Ms Price said.