New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

Community infrastructure upgrades, a boost in efforts to help protect and conserve the environment, a mobile male health unit and an inter-island barge for the Tiwi Islands are among 35 new projects to receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Minister for Indigenous Health and local Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said the funding will deliver much needed projects and services to Indigenous communities in the Territory.

“These are grassroots projects which are developed by the community to benefit local Aboriginal people and make a significant contribution to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage,” Ms Macklin said.

“Importantly, they will create new jobs, strengthen remote communities and improve the lives of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

“Funding includes more than $1.5 million to the Northern Land Council to fund and support 18 new ranger programs in the Top End.

“These programs will not only provide local employment opportunities but also deliver real environmental benefits and will keep culture strong in some of the Territory’s most intact and fragile ecosystems.”

Mr Snowdon said the Australian Football League Northern Territory will also receive $1.5 million to continue its Strength and Unity through Football program in selected communities for a further two years.

“The program will deliver a variety of football programs to drive improvements in areas such as health and fitness, school attendance and employment,” Mr Snowdon said.

“We know that these programs are a great way for Indigenous girls and boys to participate in a sport that they love, while also gaining positive skills and practical outcomes.

“Other important projects being funded include a mobile male health unit to service Central Australian communities, the Warlpiri Media Archives Revitalisation Project, upgrading three community and training centres in the Alice Springs Town Camps and a bush medicine project at Banatjarl.

“Projects such as the mobile male health unit will make a real and immediate difference in remote communities,” Mr Snowdon said.

ABA grants are awarded to projects that will help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

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.

Minister Macklin thanked the ABA Advisory Committee and in particular the chair, Mrs Pat Brahim, for the ongoing work they do to make this program a success.

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The Aboriginals Benefit Account helps to fund community projects that contribute to Closing the Gap.