Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Country Liberals Number One Senate Candidate Dr Samantha McMahon
The Country Liberals are investing $9.6 million to deliver important services such as night patrols and sports and recreation programs in the Katherine region.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said this investment will improve outcomes for Indigenous Territorians living in the Katherine region.
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.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, and CLP Number One Senate Candidate, Dr Samantha McMahon, were pleased to announce the additional funding for organisations in the Katherine 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 $6.5 million for Victoria Daly Regional Council, with $6.1 million over three years for community night patrols in communities including Bulla, Kalkarindji/Daguragu, Kybrook Farm/Pine Creek, Nauiyu, Pigeon Hole, Yarralin and Timber Creek.
“The community night patrols will help increase personal and community safety, particularly for women and children; and help improve school attendance by ensuring that children are at home or in another safe location at night, with a parent or carer, so they are able to go to school every day.
“The Country Liberals are also investing $405,000 over one year into Victoria Daly Regional Council’s sport and recreation program in the communities of Nauiyu, Pine Creek, Kybrook Farm, Timber Creek, Amanbidji, Bulla, Yarralin, Pigeon Hole, Kalkarindji and Daguragu. The program will encourage residents of all age groups to participate in activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Dr McMahon said Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $2.18 million over three years for their Strongbala Justice Support Project.
“Offenders are referred from Katherine Magistrates Court to receive case management and support services to undergo a personal development program supervised by accredited trainers and medical professionals to address health, life skills, employment and job skills, housing, reconnection to family and community, literacy and numeracy, alcohol and other drugs counselling and anger management,” Dr McMahon said.
“The CLP is investing $777,509 over one year for the Roper Gulf Regional Council’s sport and recreation project with the aim of creating positive diversions from antisocial or harmful behaviours and improve community cohesion, while providing a structured environment for community residents to receive support.”
“In Robinson River, the Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation will use funding of $225,000 over three years for its sports and recreation Project to run various activities to help improve physical, emotional and social wellbeing for residents.
“Sport activities include basketball, football, yoga, swimming, athletics, netball and recreation activities include discos’ digital media activities, cooking, arts and crafts, music; and many other leisure and cultural activities such as bush camps.”