Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

More than $4 million to strengthen Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory

Joint Media Release with:


    Minister for Indigenous Health
    Member for Lingiari

Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory will benefit from new and refurbished infrastructure, increased education and employment opportunities and cultural programs through projects that will receive funding of more than $4.4 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and the Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon today announced 27 projects would share in new funding from the ABA.

“These fantastic local projects are receiving this funding because they will create new jobs, strengthen remote communities and improve the lives of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory,” Ms Macklin said.

“The funding will support new projects such as refurbishing community facilities and delivering new programs that provide targeted support for Aboriginal women and youth.

“The Gillard Government is very pleased to support these worthwhile grass-roots projects. Initiatives that give Aboriginal people brighter futures deserve our support.”

New projects funded under the ABA include:

  • $250,000 for the Keeping Mum On-Country program to provide Midwifery and maternal health training for Aboriginal Health Workers;
  • $225,000 to Corrugated Iron Youth Arts to run Indigenous arts programs for young people in Darwin, Palmerston, Gunbalunya and Maningrida;
  • $118,900 to the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board to refurbish a commercial kitchen for the community; and
  • $55,000 for the school in Pigeon Hole to build a multi-purpose sporting court.

Mr Snowdon said he was particularly pleased to see significant new investments in very remote communities.

“The funding will also go towards supporting homelands which we know are very important to Aboriginal people,” Mr Snowdon said.

“These grass-roots projects – developed by the community to benefit local Aboriginal people – make a significant contribution to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.”

The ABA was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

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.

“I thank the ABA Advisory Committee and in particular the chair, Mrs Pat Brahim, for the ongoing work and advice they provide on applications,” Ms Macklin said.

“The Committee is helping to ensure the sustainability of the fund for future generations, with the establishment of a minimum account balance and a guideline that annual expenditure is not to exceed receipts.





Victoria Daly Shire Council

Timber Creek Family Festival

Timber Creek


Barkly Regional Arts Incorporated

Mangalawurru Art Centre

Mangalawurru Community, Barkly Region


Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language Aboriginal Corporation

2013 Merrepen Arts Festival

Daly River Community


Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Arts and Language Place for Kungarakan and Warai People



Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation

Yugul Mangi Festival – 2013, 2014 and 2015



Pigeon Hole School

Multi-purpose sporting court

Pigeon Hole


Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board (TITEB)

Building refurbishment – Commercial kitchen



BushMob Incorporated

BushMob Horse/Culture Treks with Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte)

Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte)

Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation

Ngurratjuta Labour Hire – Connecting Indigenous capacity with contractors and other employers

Alice Springs Region


Institute for Aboriginal Development Aboriginal Corporation (IAD)

IAD Capital Improvements Project – Phase One

Alice Springs


Corrugated Iron Youth Arts

Corrugated Iron’s Indigenous Arts Program

Darwin, Palmerston, Gunbalunya, Baniyala and Maningrida


Charles Darwin University

Keeping Mum On-Country – Midwifery and maternal health training for Aboriginal Health Workers

NT Wide


Ingkerreke Outstation Resource Services

Purchase and development of three containerised base stations. Purchase and equipping of three 4WD fire fighting appliances

Alice Springs Region


Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Ikuntji Art Centre Building Repairs and Modification

Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff)


Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

Tjanpi Service Delivery in the Pitjantjatjara Lands

Southern Central Australia NT


Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Final phase development of Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre cultural precinct

Ali Curung


Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Infrastructure repairs, maintenance and renovations



Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation

Binjari Community Standing Strong



Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation

Binjari Community Building a Better Future



Thamarrurr Development Corporation Ltd

Expansion of Thamarrurr Ranger Wildlife Enterprise Centre to Wudapuli Billabong

Wadeye and Wudapuli


Centre for Appropriate Technology

Enterprise Development and sustainable Infrastructure

Akanta, Lila, Ulpanyali, Wanmarra and Ukaka (Kings Canyon Region)


Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation (TORCAC)

TORCAC Women Rangers Capital Assets

Ntaria (Hermannsberg) Region


Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation

Recovering Yugul Mangi and Numbulwar Numburindi Land and Sea Ranger Programs

Ngukurr and Numbulwar


Victoria Daly Shire Council

Victoria Daly Shire Women’s Bounce Back Camps

Victoria Daly Shire Council Region


The Black Arm Band Incorporated

Regional and Remote Community Tours and Workshops

Maningrida, Papunya, Gunbalanya/
Jabiru, Wadeye and Jawoyn (Katherine Region) Communities


Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation

Mparntwe Aboriginal Cultural Festival

Alice Springs


Maningrida Community Education Centre, Jilkminggan Community Aboriginal Corporation, Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board and Deewin Kirim Aboriginal Corporation

Disabled access mechanisms for buses previously purchased under the Aboriginals Benefit Account

Maningrida, Jilkminggan, Nguiu and Peppimenarti