The community of Bulla, south-west of Darwin, has a new community store, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
This investment expands the range of healthy food options available in Bulla, as well as creating employment opportunities for the local community.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today congratulated the Janyima Store Aboriginal Corporation on its official opening today. The corporation worked with the contractor Ingkerreke Pty Ltd and Ngaliwurru-Wali Association (NWA), a locally-owned Indigenous business that undertook approximately 70 per cent of the construction work.
“The new and improved facilities will allow the store to stock not only more food, but healthier options. This will have widespread flow-on effects to people’s general health and wellbeing,” Minister Scullion said.
“The new store is a purpose-designed building that has a storeroom and back loading chiller and freezer. It also has a fully functional kitchen and an improved retail area with display shelving. A roof-mounted solar panel system has been fitted to the store that will help to reduce the store’s running costs.
“With this project it was great to see an Indigenous-owned company partner with a locally-owned Indigenous business to build the store. Ten Indigenous workers were employed in the construction phase. This included three local Indigenous workers and seven Indigenous Ngaliwurru-Wali Association employees,” Minister Scullion said.
ABA Advisory Committee Chair, Ms Donna Ah Chee, said the new store was a great example of the benefits the ABA delivered to Aboriginal people living in remote communities in the Northern Territory.
The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funds projects for the benefit of Indigenous Australians – projects that provide a one-off injection of funds into a community and promote local Aboriginal employment.