Joint Media Release with Chief Minister for the Northern Territory The Hon. Adam Giles MLA
Community safety on Groote Eylandt will be increased through a greater police presence and improved police infrastructure, thanks to a joint investment from the Turnbull Coalition and Giles Country Liberals Governments.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Northern Territory Senator, Nigel Scullion, and Northern Territory Chief Minister and Minister for Police, Adam Giles, today announced a $15 million investment in policing on Groote Eylandt to upgrade local police stations and increase police resources in the region.
“This investment will upgrade the police stations at Angurugu and Alyangula and support additional police and a new police dog unit,” Minister Scullion said.
“Community safety is one of the key priorities of the Turnbull Coalition in Indigenous affairs and this funding will ensure police are spending more time in the community working with local residents.
“Importantly, the investment includes funding to support local Aboriginal community police officers to make sure police work in partnership with communities to improve community safety.
“I would also like to express my appreciation to the Anindilyakwa Land Council Chairman, Mr Tony Wurramarrba, for the significant co-investment that traditional owners have provided for these police facilities.”
Chief Minister and Minister for Police Adam Giles said the Northern Territory Government had been working hard to combat crime and improve safety around the Territory.
“Our Remote Policing Model helps to ensure that police operations in remote areas across the NT are well supported and resourced,” Mr Giles said.
“It’s a flexible policing model that maximises community engagement across remote communities, which means we can deploy our resources when and where they are needed most.”
The funding has been provided out of existing resources from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.