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Minister Scullion: Increasing community safety in Mutitjulu
- Mutitjulu community night patrol provides vital services to keep people safe.
- Coalition investing $219,500 for a new night patrol facility in Mutitjulu to support an expansion of their activities.
- The investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
A new, purpose-built facility will be constructed for the Community Night Patrol service in Mutitjulu, Northern Territory, increasing community safety and local employment.
Community night patrols employ local people and work to prevent violence and crime through culturally-appropriate assistance and care.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion today announced $219,500 in funding to the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation as part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
“Community night patrol is a vital part of the Australian Government’s work to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in safe communities,” Minister Scullion said.
The old building was beyond economic repair and the new building will offer a safe, secure and appropriate work space to deliver the Community Night Patrol service.
“The new facility will also make it easier for the Community Night Patrol service to recruit and support local Anangu staff into the Community Night Patrol – these are real jobs for local people.”
The new facility, which will be a purpose-built demountable structure, will be installed with help from Anangu Jobs, the local Community Development Program (CDP) provider.
“CDP participants will gain experience in site preparation and construction, and work on this project will form part of a broader long term training and employment strategy for Mutitjulu,” Minister Scullion said.
Chairman of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation, Craig Woods, said this investment would deliver a much needed facility to support the Ranger’s work and help make the community safer.
“We welcome the continuing support of Nigel Scullion, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. This funding, and other funding from the Commonwealth Government, is bringing more services to Mutitjulu and furthering the development of the Community and enables us to grow stronger and build capacity within Mutitjulu community."
The new facility is expected to be completed by March 2017. For more information on the Mutitjulu night patrol visit the Mook Mook website.