Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

$9.4 million in grants for NT Indigenous communities

Joint Media Release with:

  • Warren Snowdon MP, Member for Lingiari

A program that gives Aboriginal students hands-on experience working in the television industry is among 18 new projects to share in more than $9.4 million in grants from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

Imparja Television in Alice Springs will receive a grant of $132,150 to teach Year 12 students in Alice Springs all aspects of the television industry.

The Just Imagine 2009 program will cover work practises and budgets and the maintenance and operation of a wide range of media equipment.

The students’ final project will be the production of a documentary which will involve filming, editing and recording voiceovers. The documentary will be aired on Imparja Television in December this year.

Other projects awarded ABA grants include next year’s Garma Festival along with $2,257,500 for a major recreation precinct at Mutitjulu, and funds for an early childhood centre and staff accommodation at Willowra.

Funding will also be provided for the control of dogs in remote communities.

Grants have also been approved to help Aboriginal organisations to improve services for their clients, including funding to help the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency buy new premises in Darwin and the refurbishment and upgrade of the Alice Springs office of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association.

The Australian Government and the ABA Advisory Committee have worked together to identify priority projects which will help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living throughout the Northern Territory.

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

It receives financial compensation from the Commonwealth Government equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land.

Aboriginals Benefit Accounts projects
Organisation Project Location Funding approved
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association Refurbishment and upgrade of property at 12 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs Alice Springs $636,000
Yothu Yindi Foundation Garma Festival funding for 2010 Yirrkala $150,000
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) Office Building Darwin $941,000
Shepherdson College School Bus Galiwinku $92,120
Imparja Television Just imagine 2009 Alice Springs $132,150
Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation Restoration of the Men’s Museum Yuendumu $250,000
Central Desert Shire Council Engawala Basketball court roofing and lighting Engawala $252,000
Animal Management in Rural and Remote Communities Dog health manuals for remote communities NT wide $76,663
Artback NT Arts Development Indigenous traditional dance project Alice Springs $170,000
Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation Cattle Enterprise Tennant Creek $496,533
Nauiyu Nambiyu Inc Vehicle breakdown and recovery Nauiyu Nambiyu $140,327
Northern Land Council Women’s consultations in Central Australia NT North Region $100,000
Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association Sea ranger vessel Borroloola $98,300
Central Land Council Ceremonial and Funeral NT Central Region $500,000
Gurindji Freedom Day Committee Gurindji Freedom Day 2009 Daguragu/
Central Land Council Construction of early childhood centre and duplex accommodation for staff and visitors Willowra $2,602,374
Central Land Council Construction of a youth and recreation precinct Mutitjulu $2,257,500
Thamarrurr Development Corporation Purchase construction machinery and upgrade housing and construction workshop OHS standards Wadeye $500,000
Total $9,444,967