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Minister Scullion: Promoting prosperity on Palm Island

20 Nov 2017

Joint media release
Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald

  • $50,000 for Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to develop plan for economic development
  • The investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)

The Coalition Government is supporting Palm Island to develop a comprehensive plan for economic development through a $50,000 grant from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Townsville based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, announced the funding while meeting with Mayor Alfred Lacey Snr of the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council.

“There are significant opportunities for economic development on Palm Island and the Federal LNP are committed to backing the Palm Island business sector,” said Minister Scullion.

“We’re helping the Council to identify and leverage economic opportunities in infrastructure and tourism, while boosting employment and locally owned Indigenous businesses. This is a real sign of confidence in the people and future of Palm Island.

Senator Macdonald said Palm Island has recently benefited from major infrastructure grants, receiving just under  $10 million from the Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to finalise a retail and business centre.

“There is a great opportunity to boost local employment, businesses, training and apprenticeships.  

“This is a beautiful part of the world, so I’m pleased to hear that the Palm Island Economic Opportunities Plan will also explore how to develop the local tourism industry.

“We will keep working in partnership with the local community and the Council to promote economic development, jobs and better outcomes for Palm Island,” Senator Macdonald said.

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