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Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Creating stronger futures for children in the Territory

Children and families in five remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory will benefit from extra support services with more than $11 million in funding under Federal Labor’s Stronger Communities for Children initiative.

The Australian Government today announced the organisations that will support the delivery of brand new support services to the remote communities of Galiwin’ku, Ngukurr, Ntaria, Santa Teresa and Wadeye.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin said local Aboriginal organisations will work with other non-government organisations and local people to deliver programs such as early learning and literacy classes, parenting and family support programs, and child nutrition advice.

“All children deserve every opportunity to have the best possible start in life,” Ms Macklin said.

“I’ve seen how successful Communities for Children services have been for Aboriginal people in other communities throughout the Territory, and I’m really pleased that even more families can now benefit from these important local programs.

“These new services will give parents the skills to make sure their kids are growing up in a safe, happy and healthy environment.”

There will be a further roll out of Stronger Communities for Children services to Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Utopia, Engawala and Lajamanu in 2014, with another five communities benefitting from 2017.

In total, 15 communities will share in more than $73.5 million over the next five years to provide their own services and fund other local providers to deliver services.

Ms Macklin said the organisations would work with the community, through a Local Community Board, to decide what services are needed the most.

“I know how important it is that this vital support isn’t just going to the big towns, but is also benefitting Aboriginal families in remote communities.

“Improving the safety, wellbeing and development of Aboriginal children means working in partnership with local people and local Aboriginal organisations.

“I also know how important it is that these services are delivered by local people, for local people. There will be a strong focus on making sure Aboriginal people are getting new skills and new jobs as part of this program.”

The organisations delivering these services are:

Community

Organisation

Funding Amount (rounded)

Galiwin’ku

Australian Red Cross Society in partnership with Yalu Maringithyaraw Indigenous Corporation

$1.28 million (2013 to 2015)

Ngukurr

Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health and Related Services in partnership with Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation

$1.28 million (2013 to 2015)

Ntaria

Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre

$2.72 million (2013 to 2018)

Santa Teresa

Atyenhenge-Atherre Aboriginal Corporation in partnership with Jesuit Social Services

$2.72 million (2013 to 2018)

Wadeye

Thamarrurr Regional Authority Aboriginal Corporation

$3.62 million (2013 to 2018)