Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
- More than $87 million to 48 Indigenous organisations to support 76 existing Indigenous Protected Areas over the next five years
- Indigenous Protected Areas now comprise over 65 million hectares, or more than 44 per cent, of Australia’s National Reserve System
- Coalition Government is now investing a record $727 million into ranger programmes since coming to office
This NAIDOC Week, the Coalition Government will invest more than $22.6 million to support eight Indigenous organisations to protect biodiversity and cultural heritage through Indigenous Protected Areas in the Northern Territory.
Indigenous Protected Areas put land and sea country management into the hands of Traditional Owners, providing environmental, employment and social benefits.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said there were 13 Indigenous Protected Areas in the NT as part of 76 across the country that would receive Coalition Government funding to continue their work.
“Indigenous Protected Areas support First Australians to work on land and sea country, achieving significant conservation outcomes, connecting with country and culture and promoting Indigenous business.”
“The Coalition Government is making a record investment in ranger programmes and is proud to have now invested $727 million since coming to office and I am proud to be announcing this new funding as part of NAIDOC Week 2018.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, said combined with Indigenous Rangers, these programmes employ over 2,900 First Australians across regional and remote Australia.
“I’m proud of the record support provided to Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous Rangers by the Coalition, including a $30 million project to build the capacity of rangers to pursue employment and business opportunities in biosecurity, fisheries and border protection,”
“Unlike Labor, the Coalition is able to invest in these critical environmental and land management programmes because of our strong economic plan and responsible management of the budget,” Ms Price said today.