Joint Media Release with Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari Tina MacFarlane
Vital job opportunities for First Australians living in Ngukurr will be increased as a result of the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation purchasing road construction and maintenance equipment, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Australian Government.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, who recently approved the funding, said it would help the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation to win contracts to undertake local construction work.
“The new machinery, including a road roller, water truck and dump truck, will complement an existing fleet of equipment owned by the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation and will significantly boost the corporation’s capacity to win and carry out civil construction contracts,” Senator Scullion, who was in Ngukurr today to address the Northern Land Council, said.
“The new equipment will help to generate more job opportunities for local residents, one of the Coalition’s key priorities in Indigenous Affairs.
“We know that Indigenous businesses are 100 times more likely to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and the Coalition is committed to working in partnership with key community organisations like Yugul Mangi to improve job outcomes for local residents.”
Country Liberal Candidate for Lingiari, Ms Tina MacFarlane, said the funding would help to deliver jobs and growth for the Ngukurr community.
“With the $44 million Roper and Wilton bridge projects that were jointly funded by the federal Coalition and NT CLP governments kicking into gear, now is the time to support local Indigenous contractors to get involved in that work,” Ms MacFarlane said.
“When Indigenous companies are able to take on bigger jobs, they can grow their businesses and ultimately, employ more local workers.”
The $250,000 is a one-off grant funded under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).