Employment opportunities for Indigenous people living in and around Timber Creek have received a significant boost through a new 16-bed workers village, constructed thanks to a $2 million grant from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, who officially opened the facility today, said the project had provided considerable employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people during the construction phase and would help to put the Indigenous business that received the grant on a self-sustainable basis into the future.
Bradshaw and Timber Creek Contracting and Resource Company Pty Ltd received the $2 million ABA grant in 2015, enabling the company to purchase equipment including a grader, truck, forklift, backhoe, tractors and grass slashers that have been used to construct the workers village, which includes a commercial kitchen, diner and laundry. This equipment will also enable the organisation to continue to grow.
“The project has provided opportunities for local Aboriginal people to work in meaningful jobs, as well as training opportunities for existing Aboriginal workers to gain additional skills,” Minister Scullion said.
“The purchase of the equipment will also help Bradshaw and Timber Creek Contracting and Resource Company to secure further contracts, making it a more sustainable operation that will benefit the local economy.
“This ABA project was driven by the local community and will continue to deliver considerable benefits for local Aboriginal people into the future.”
The ABA is a trust fund that supports a wide range of one-off projects that benefit Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory– including by improving infrastructure and education outcomes, and creating jobs through support for business development.
The ABA is established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The account is funded by payments from the Commonwealth equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.