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Minister Scullion: $15 million to benefit remote NT communities

17 Jun 2015

Remote Northern Territory indigenous communities will benefit from $15 million worth of projects to be funded under the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) latest funding round.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said 37 organisations will get financial support for more than 40 projects.

“Employment projects were a priority and this round of ABA funding will create jobs and training opportunities for many Aboriginal people, support cultural activities and help Indigenous corporations expand,” Minister Scullion said.

“For example, the Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre will build a multi-purpose office complex while the Bradshaw and Timber Creek Resource Company will establish a village to accommodate workers, enabling the community to sustain a wholly Aboriginal owned and operated business.

“Quality of education for children in remote communities will be improved with the purchase of equipment to allow radio broadcasting from studios at festivals and in classrooms in Nhulunbuy.

“Art Centres in Yuendumu and Santa Teresa will also be extended to encourage more tourism.

“The Institute for Aboriginal Development Aboriginal Corporation has been funded to reprint dictionaries and resources on 15 Aboriginal languages of Central Australia and Akeyulerre Inc in Alice Springs will buy and upgrade two properties for cultural and healing activities.”

Applicants have been informed of the outcome of their applications and a list of successful projects is available at https://www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/grants-and-funding/aboriginal-benefit-account-aba-grant-funding.

Minister Scullion thanked the ABA Advisory Committee for the work and advice provided in relation to the grant applications.

The next round of ABA funding will open in September 2015.

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Visit the Minister's website to view this media release.