Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated the Titjikala community on multiple successful projects that are improving life outcomes and living conditions.
Minister Scullion has used NAIDOC Week to visit the Northern Territory and support the launch of the Army Aboriginal Assistance Programme (AACAP), which is in Titjikala improving infrastructure and community health.
“Soldiers from the Australian Army are in town for five months building essential services infrastructure and providing grassroots health, training, arts, culture and sporting initiatives in collaboration with a number of other organisations,” he said.
“The Commonwealth is providing $6 million for the project, under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and the Army is supplying the personnel and equipment.
“One organisation working with the Army is employment provider CatholicCare NT, which is training those jobseekers wanting to improve their employability and gain a skill.
“These build on existing jobseeker activities including a community garden, terrific tucker, steel fabrication and construction under the Community Development Programme.
“It’s great to see a number of Government projects coming together to collectively benefit the community.”
Minister Scullion also congratulated the local Tapatjatjaka Art and Craft Aboriginal Corporation which operates the Art Centre in the community for its successful IAS application.
“Tapatjatjaka’s helping kids achieve better education outcomes with their project to support school attendance in Titjikala, and help families with children attending boarding school,” he said.
“Titjikala is buzzing with community participation and seeing success across our priorities in getting children to school, adults into work, and making communities safer.“
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2015-07-09 Media Release – Titjikala community moving forward.pdf