Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

$13.5 million in community grants for the Northern Territory

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health and Regional Services Delivery, Member for Lingiari.

A film and music project in Borroloola in the Northern Territory and the upgrade of infrastructure for youth programs and activities in the Alice Springs town camps are among 26 community-strengthening projects receiving a total of $13.5 million in funding from the Aboriginal Benefits Account (ABA).

As part of these grants, Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs will receive $5 million to build and upgrade infrastructure for youth programs in Ampilatwatja, Utopia, Papunya, Ntaria, Areyonga, Titjikala, Yuelamu, Laramba and Ikuntji.

The funding will be used by Tangentyere Council to build recreational halls and offices, and provide housing and vehicles for youth workers in remote areas.

By improving services and recreation facilities for young people and providing the infrastructure to attract more youth workers, the project aims to increase the sporting, cultural and education options available to young people and will connect young people with education and employment.

To increase attendance at the Garma Festival, the Yothu Yindi Foundation will receive $150,000. This will go towards accommodation, catering and air travel costs for Indigenous Territorians to go to Garma, and towards improving facilities so more people can attend.

The latest round of ABA will fund the coordination of alcohol reduction services in Katherine and surrounding communities through the Healing Pathways Project, which will receive $416,000 to tackle alcohol abuse.

This new streamlined approach will allow the service providers to work together to help people recovering from alcohol misuse,. The program will include education about the damaging effects of alcohol.

In Borroloola, $27,000 will go towards the delivery of three two-week music and film workshops, covering song writing, singing, music and film clip recording, engineering and web design.

And in Tennant Creek, the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation will receive $443,000 to support pre-vocational and vocational training for CDEP participants to assist people move into full-time employment. Training under CDEP can include literacy and numeracy, computer and information technology skills, construction, and environmental and land management.

ABA grants are awarded to projects which open up new opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and develop and expand existing ventures.

The ABA receives financial compensation from the Australian Government equal to the value of the royalties generated from mining on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory. It was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

Aboriginals Benefit Account approved Community Enhancement projects June 2010
Organisation Project Funding approved $
The Smith Family Operational funding for Alice Springs staff member $100,000
Mount Theo Yuendumu Substance Misuse Aboriginal Corporation Stage 2 & 3 Construction of the Walpiri Youth Development Complex $2,587,500
Tangentyere Council Youth Infrastructure upgrades phase 2 $5,014,000
Central Land Council Strong business strong men $58,800
Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation Building for the future $443,000
Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation Accommodation units $61,766
Centre for Appropriate Technology Inc Facilities and training for home computing and internet access in three remote NT Communities $346,400
Imparja Television Pty Ltd Yamba’s Roadshow $190,504
Ntwerle Aboriginal Corporation Repair replace water supply infrastructure $30,000
Nyewente Association Incorporated Nyewente (Trucking yard) youth music program $64,797
Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation Mt Theo program – Additional funds to construct the pool managers house $150,000
Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health and Related Services Healing Pathways $415,900
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Access to drinking (potable) water and homeland airstrip $82,500
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Homeland Airstrip and office transportation $100,000
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Visitor and board accommodation $100,000
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Building section plant and equipment $420,600
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Civil Works Plant and Equipment $1,116,984
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Food garden and water supply Djarrakpi and Buymarr $54,010
Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Borroloola Live Vibe Music Project $27,000
Roper Gulf Shire Council Connecting Youth, Connecting Communities $426,922
Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation Environmentally friendly infrastructure $31,757
West Arnhem Shire Council Purchase of Shared Excavator & Grader for Warruwi and Minjilang $587,070
Northern Land Council Warruwi Cultural Centre $45,755
Yugal Mangi Aboriginal Corporation Visitor Accommodation in Ngukurr to support Manager $908,000
Tiwi Training and Employment Board New office equipment $27,789
Yothu Yindi Foundation Garma Festival 2010 $150,000