Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

ABA funding supports 49 Northern Territory projects

Joint Media Release with:

  • Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Member for Lingiari

A program that helps Indigenous Territorians access renal dialysis services in remote communities is one of 49 projects receiving funding totalling more than $26 million under the latest round of grants from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The Western Desert Nganampa Walyta Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation will receive $2.366 million over three years to fund its Return to Country Dialysis Program in Kalkarindji and Lajamanu.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin said the project will enable dialysis patients to return home for three-to-six week visits, two-to-three times a year, and builds on the success of existing projects in Kintore, Yuendumu and Ntaria where the Australian government has been working collaboratively with states and territories to manage the delivery of renal services.

“People who may be receiving dialysis in Darwin, 600km away, can return to their home community for a few weeks at a time, continue with their treatment, and have a nurse on hand to help them,” Ms Macklin said.

“This program allows dialysis patients from remote communities to maintain their connections with country, culture and family.”

Also receiving funding is a three-day festival to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walkoff, when Aboriginal stockmen led by Vincent Lingiari went on strike over poor working conditions.

The Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said the actions of the Gurindji people are widely regarded as leading to the national land rights movement.

“For the Gurindji, their seven-year strike culminated in Prime Minister Gough Whitlam handing back the traditional lands in 1975,” Mr Snowdon said.

“They are keen to share their anniversary with all Australians, and will welcome visitors to Kalkarindji/Daguragu for the celebrations planned for 26-28 August.”

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

“ABA grants are awarded to projects which will help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory,” Ms Macklin said.

“I rely heavily on the advice provided by the ABA Advisory Committee. I would like to thank all members of the Committee for their commitment, and in particular acknowledge the leadership and dedication of the Chair, Mrs Pat Brahim.”

Other significant projects funded through the latest round of grants include:

  • $5.2 million to complete the sealing of the road between Umbakumba and Angurugu, the two largest Indigenous communities on Groote Eylandt. The 50km sealed road will improve local residents’ access to a range of medical, social and educational services, as well as providing employment opportunities.
  • $1.542 million to expand the construction and maintenance operations of Aminjarrinja Enterprises AC on Groote Eylandt. The grant will be used to upgrade Aminjarrinja’s workshop and office facilities, as well as delivering a training program to increase employment in the building and earthworks trades.
  • $1.523 million to establish a mobile concrete batching plant in Ngukurr. The grant aims to provide employment and economic development opportunities, including those arising from government investment in remote housing. It includes funding for plant, equipment, vehicles and storage facilities.
  • $1.299 million to fund a number of Desart initiatives in Central Australia. These include: building an art studio in Nyirripi; building staff and guest accommodation in Docker River; and providing the art centres at Ntaria and Docker River with a vehicle each.

Aboriginals Benefit Account approved projects
Organisation Project
Funding approved

Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises

Umbakumba Road


Huckitta Aboriginal Corporation

Huckitta Station (Stage 2) – Infrastructure and start-up costs


Western Desert Nganampa Walyta Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Lajamanu and Kalkarindji Return to Country Dialysis Program


Aminjarrinja Enterprise Aboriginal Corporation

Civil machinery, equipment and training support


Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation

Concrete batching plant, Ngukurr


Northern Land Council

Ceremonial and funeral support


Desart Incorporated

Construct Nyirripi art studio; upgrade Docker River staff accommodation; purchase two vehicles


Anindilyakwa Land Council

Land and Sea Rangers staff house – Umbakumba/Groote Eylandt


Tiwi Land Council

Ceremony funding – 2 years


University of South Australia

Commemorative event – 45th anniversary Gurindji Walkoff


Thamarrur Development Corporation Limited

Thamarrur workshop extension, Wadeye


Walangeri Ngumpinku Aboriginal Corporation

Enhancement of Yarralin cultural area


Ngaruwanajirri Inc

The Keeping House manager’s residence, Bathurst Island


Kalano Community Association Incorporated

Establish Yarralin stock camp to train and maintain an Indigenous workforce


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College

The Little Children’s Learning Place – three years operational funding for Aboriginal preschool facility


Belyuen Community Government Council Belyuen Shire Council

Belyuen recreation hall


Ilpurla Aboriginal Corporation

Staff accommodation for remote rehabilitation unit, Central Australia


Central Land Council

Men and Women of Central Australia Oral History Project


Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation

Establishment funding – tourism hub for East Arnhem tourism operators


Northern Land Council

Women’s law and culture meeting


The Thathangathy Foundation

Lead Me Home Program – 3years funding for Wadeye participants


Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation

Djelk Rangers – ranger vessel


Tiwi Education Board

4WD bus


Laynhapuy Homelands Association Incorporated

Nalyindi airstrip reconstruction/upgrade


Thamarrur Development Corporation Limited

Thamarrur concrete and soil testing, Wadeye


Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi on behalf of Safe 4 Kids Australia Pty Ltd

Safe 4 Kids – helping Aboriginal children feel safe in their communities


Laynhapuy Homelands Association Incorporated

East Journey – debut album launch


Tiwi Land Council

Melville Island Coast Watch ranger shelters


Tiwi Land Council

Bathurst Island Coast Watch ranger shelters


The Milingimbi Outstation Progress Association

Crocodile Islands Rangers ranger station (including small accommodation module)


The Milingimbi Outstation Progress Association

Crocodile Islands Rangers sea patrol boat


Kalkarindji School

BMX track and equipment


Darrandarra Aboriginal Corporation

Horticulture/landcare and management


The Milingimbi Outstation Progress Association

Crocodile Islands Rangers – 12 months ranger coordinator support, Milingimbi


Wandi Gurrinygarr Business Corporation

Donald Christopherson NT historical culture, knowledge and research


Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation

Public awareness strategy – Garma Festival of Traditional Culture


Tiwi Land Council

Relocation of sea cages and assets – Snake Bay, Melville Island


Milingimbi Community Education Centre School Council

Milingimbi Community Education Campus – school bus


Artback NT Arts

Indigenous traditional dance project


Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Vehicle for art centre


Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation

Supply and installation of digital radio system and tracking in Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Areas


Documentary Australia Foundation on behalf of Tamarind Tree Pictures PL

Production of Croker Island Exodus documentary film


Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre

Industrial relations for Aboriginal women through the appointment of a liaison officer


Darrandarra Aboriginal Corporation

Horticulture/landcare and management – minor equipment


Darwin Regional Indigenous Advancement and CDEP

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair public program


Barkly Regional Arts

Mangalawurru Art Centre building relocation/reconnection


Mantiyupwi Family Trust

Bush facilities to support cultural activities for the Mantiyupwi Group


Central Desert Shire

Engawala community shed


Tiwi Education Board

Student participation in interstate sporting and cultural activities