Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Supporting new projects in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory

Joint Media Release with:

  • Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for indigenous health, Member for lingiari

    Senator Trish Crossin, Northern Territory Senator

Projects aimed at boosting employment opportunities and improving health and education services in Aboriginal community are among 34 new projects to share in $13 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The latest round of grants from the ABA will be delivered to 28 Aboriginal organisations.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said the Djabulukgu Association will receive $2 million to expand the successful Lakeview tourist park in Jabiru.

The tourist park is Aboriginal owned and run, and all profits go towards community development in the Kakadu West Arnhem Region.

“Every year, thousands of people visit and stay in Jabiru, the main service centre for Kakadu National Park and a stepping stone to the Arnhem plateau,” Ms Macklin said.

“Supporting Lakeview Park to expand, will provide more employment opportunities in the tourism sector – which will mean more job opportunities for local Aboriginal people.”

Ms Macklin also announced Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $500,000 towards construction costs to upgrade their existing premises and build two new training rooms for staff, such as rangers and night patrol workers.

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon said the Government would provide $220,000 to the Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation in Tennant Creek.

“These funds will be used to upgrade the Anyinginyi Sport and Recreation facility and enable sport and recreation officers to work with more Aboriginal clients to improve their fitness and health,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Improved health and fitness can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and can help support those clients with health concerns to better manage their condition.”

Senator for the Northern Territory, Trish Crossin, welcomed funding for two projects in Wadeye and on the Tiwi Islands focused on getting women more connected with each other and their community.

In Wadeye, a grant of $465,000 will be used to establish the Wadeye Ngepan Patha (Strong Spirit) Centre, a dedicated community facility for local women. The centre will deliver young mothers’ support groups, mentoring and life skill coaching and mental health services as well as providing support to help local women get into work.

On the Tiwi Islands, $497,000 will be used to support the Tiwi College “Growing Young Women” program, including purchasing new computers and sports equipment.

“Strengthening support for women of all ages is vital to ensuring that the young women of today have the skills and know-how they need to become the strong women of tomorrow,” Senator Crossin said.

The ABA 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.

ABA grants are awarded to projects which will help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

The next application process for grant funding under the ABA will open on 1 August 2012 and will include funding opportunities for large projects of more than $250,000, and small projects of up to $250,000.

Applications close on 31 August and all applications will be assessed and considered at the November meeting of the ABA Advisory Committee.

More detailed information can be found at

Aboriginals Benefit Account approved projects:



Funding (rounded)

Alawa Aboriginal Corporation

Purchase musical equipment for young people


Incite Youth Arts Incorporated

Mt Theo partnership to assist young people to reconnect with family, culture and country.


Karungkarni Art & Cultural Centre

Coordinator wages and operational costs for the art and culture centre


Merrepen Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Staging costs for the 2012 Merrepen Arts and Sports Festival


Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Extension to the Arlpwe Art Gallery


Northern Land Council

Construct a cultural display and meeting site at Douglas Hot Springs


Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Construct the Larrakia Nation Community Centre


Palngun Wurnangat Association Incorporated

Establish a community facility for women in Wadeye


Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation

Anyinginyi Sport and Recreation Centre upgrade



Yolngu Radio Network Upgrade


Tiwi Education Board

Establish a program to support young women on the Tiwi Islands


Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board (TITEB)

Mini bus to transport students to training


Tiwi Land Council

Purchase Tiwi Land Council Office in the Darwin region


Tiwi Land Council

Equipment storage facility for Rangers and cadets at Wurrimiyanga, Pirlangimpi, Pickertaramoor and Milikapiti


Music NT Inc

Business mentoring and develop promotional material for Tiwi Islands band B2M


Work Ventures Limited

Deliver IT training for disadvantaged youth


Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Corporation Incorporated (CAACI)

Cultural leadership support program for men through Ingkintja Male Health and other branches


Jilkminggan Community Aboriginal Corporation

Community bus to support cultural, art and sporting activities


Numbulwar Homelands Council Association

Replacement boat and vehicles to provide access to coastal outstations


Arramwelke Aboriginal Corporation

Replacement Caterpillar 432E Backhoe for work in Bonya


Deewin Kirim Aboriginal Corporation

Peppimenarti community bus to support cultural, art and sporting activities


Keringke Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Vehicle to support Santa Teresa artists


GEBIE Aboriginal Corporation/ Anindilyakwa Land Council

Renovate and upgrade the former Anindilyakwa Land Council office – Angurugu


Anindilyakwa Land Council

Staff accommodation to support threatened species research


Djabulukgu Association Incorporated

Lakeview Park accommodation and service facilities upgrade


Apiwentye Pastoral Company Pty Ltd

Purchase stock for Atula Station to increase herd productivity


Gunamu Aboriginal Corporation (GAC)

Fuel bowser canopy at Timber Creek


AFL Northern Territory

The Michael Long NT Thunder Learning and Leadership Centre


Maningrida CEC

School bus to promote student attendance and participation