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Minister Scullion: ABA funding strengthening remote communities in the Northern Territory

28 Feb 2014

Initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory will receive almost $2.5 million in support from the Australian Government through the latest Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round.

Among the 15 projects receiving ABA assistance are the construction of a community store, the establishment of water infrastructure, employment and training centres, and funding for scholarships.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, today said these projects would create better opportunities for Aboriginal people in remote Northern Territory communities.

“Making sure that expenditure on Indigenous-specific programmes generates jobs for local Indigenous people and businesses is a priority for the Australian Government,” Minister Scullion said.

“ABA funding supports projects that provide real training, create jobs and generate wealth at the local level, and promote healthy communities.

“Infrastructure including a bore will provide residents of Kulainda Farm with a permanent supply of water, and enable the Kulainda Farm Trust to develop sustainable economic opportunities like tourism and market gardening.

“On Goulburn Island, an enterprise will be established to train women in leadership, governance and operational skills for harvesting traditional seafood from country.

“At the smaller end of the scale, a combination oven will be funded at the Kalano store in Katherine to enable the store kitchen to provide healthy food options for community members.

“Despite their differences, all of the projects receiving ABA support will contribute to economic development and improved standards of living in the Northern Territory.

“These projects will help address the disadvantage remote communities face, as well as create better opportunities for the future.”

The ABA was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (the ALRA Act).

The account is funded by payments from the Commonwealth Government, equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

New approved ABA projects in the NT





Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation Replacement of the combination oven in the Good Food Kitchen, Maningrida Maningrida


Anindilyakwa Land Council One People One Voice Festival Groote Eylandt


Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language Corporation 2014 Merrepen Arts Festival – Celebrating our Community Nauiyu Nambiyu Community, Daly River


Darwin 2014 Incorporated Scholarships for 10 Indigenous people to attend the Darwin Outgames Human Rights Forum May 2014 Darwin


Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation Upgrade of Nyinkka Nyunyu; an establishment for training local people in retail, tourism, horticulture and hospitality Tennant Creek


Kalano Community Association Incorporated New combination oven for the Kalano Store, providing extra volume capability Katherine


Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation Refurbishment of Lot 59 Kalkaringi as Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation headquarters and a  visitor accommodation enterprise Kalkaringi, 480 km south west of Katherine


Janyima Store Aboriginal Corporation Construct a community store building for the community of Amanbidji Amanbidji, Victoria River district near the WA border, 460 km from Katherine


Kulainda Farm Trust Infrastructure for Kulainda Farm including bore, water tank, stand and piping, generator, fencing material and a machinery shed Mungkarta Land Trust, 100 km south of Tennant Creek


Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation Transport and seafood training provision for the Warruwi Women’s Healthy Tucker Program Goulburn Island


Tangentyere Council Incorporated Yarrenyty Alrtere Learning Centre Upgrade Alice Springs


Karnte Aboriginal Corporation Karnte Community Centre Upgrade Alice Springs


Nyewente Association Incorporated Refurbish and Upgrade the Nyewente Community Centre Alice Springs


BushMob Incorporated BushMob Horse Culture Treks with Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurta) Santa Teresa (Lytentye Apurta)


Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association Incorporated Variation – Additional funding for the Malandari Store project Borroloola




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