Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
- Supporting Indigenous businesses and growing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- The Coalition Government is investing over $8 million to develop the Tiwi Islands tourism precinct including over $4 million through the Aboriginals Benefit Account
- Minister Scullion toured Tiwi Designs in the tourism precinct at Wurrumiyanga today, which received $500,000 through the Aboriginals Benefit Account
The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to support the growth of the Indigenous business sector, create more jobs and provide greater economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Tourism is an important industry for remote Indigenous communities and the Coalition Government is keen to back the local tourism industry on the Tiwi Islands.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said that the Coalition Government is investing $8 million in tourism on the Tiwi Islands, including the Wurrumiyanga tourism precinct. Over $4 million of this investment is from the Aboriginals Benefit Account or ABA.
“The ABA is funded from mining royalty payments on Aboriginal land. It is Aboriginal money and it is great to be able to fund projects that back Aboriginal people, communities and business with it.
“The Wurrumiyanga tourism precinct is a perfect example of a locally-led and locally-designed initiative to develop a growing tourism industry in the Tiwi Islands – something that the local leaders have had a desire over many years to see come to fruition.
Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the $500,000 investment in Tiwi Designs was important to ensure people from around Australia and the world can experience the beauty and vibrancy of the Tiwi Islands.
“Importantly, local Tiwi Islanders will benefit from this investment. The growth of the tourism industry will see more local businesses succeed, more investment in the community and more local jobs.
Minister Scullion also said that he looks forward to seeing more successful outcomes from the ABA in future funding rounds.
“We have shifted the focus of ABA, it is now all about supporting local Indigenous organisations to deliver for the benefit of Indigenous Territorians.
The investments through the ABA complement the Coalition Government’s suite of policies designed to support the economic aspirations of Indigenous Australians. These include the Indigenous Procurement Policy, the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund as well as the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy. We are also delivering record levels of grant funding through Indigenous owned and controlled organisations.
Under the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) alone over 1000 Indigenous businesses across Australia have won over $1.084 billion in Commonwealth contracts since July 2015 – a significant increase on the former Labor Government’s policies where just 30 Indigenous businesses won $6.2 million of contracts in 2012-13.
The ABA was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and is funded by payments from the Australian Government equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.
ABA has been delivering grants via two rounds of funding per year, with the next round expected to open in early 2019.