Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

$10 million of grants for NT Indigenous communities

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Member for Lingiari

A new community store and a transport service for remote Indigenous communities are among 20 successful applicants to share in almost $10 million in funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The Australian Government and the ABA Advisory Council have supported a range of projects including improvements to food security in remote communities, access to education and employment and better management of land and sea resources.

These grants provide essential services to improve the lives of Indigenous people and help develop remote Indigenous communities.

The Australian Government understands that economic and employment opportunities are critical to turning around Indigenous disadvantage.

Working in partnership with Indigenous communities to achieve the improvements they want for their communities is central to the Australian Government’s commitment to engaging with Indigenous people.
The Robinson River community will receive $1.6 million for a new community store.

Continuing to improve the affordability and availability of healthy food for Indigenous Australians in remote areas is vital to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

The Katherine region will receive $2.79 million to develop and run a three-year pilot program providing transport to Indigenous communities around the Katherine region. This pilot will test the viability of an ongoing transport service for this region.

Yipirinya School Council will also receive a grant of $170,000 to purchase two buses to support children attending school from Jay and Burt Creek.

The Laynhapuy sea rangers will receive $237,508 for a new sea vessel built to survey requirements to enhance coastal marine maintenance.

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

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

Successful applicants include:

Organisation Project Location Funding approved $
Traditional Credit Union Visa Debit Card System for members Darwin $236,005
Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation Build new store at Robinson River Robinson River $1,668,110
Tiwi Land Council Land and Sea RangerProgram – 3 year investment Tiwi Islands $1,500,000
Mt Theo Aboriginal Corporation Funding for Pool Manager’s House Yuendemu $400,000
Alyawarr Inkerr-Wenh Aboriginal Corporation Operational Funding Tennant Creek $492,185
Yipirinya School Council Inc 2 School Buses Alice Springs $170,000
Barkly Regional Arts Incorporated Upgrade to the Winanjjikari Music Recording studio Tenant Creek $15,108
Clontarf Foundation Yirara College – 2 x All Terrain Vehicles Alice Springs $530,000
Barkly Regional Arts Incorporated Recording of traditional stories and songs book II Tennant Creek $49,060
Katherine Region Transport Services – Beswick, Barunga, Eva Valley & Binjarri Katherine $2,797,000
Nauiyu Nambiyu Incorporated Administrative support Nauiyu Nambiyu $185,000
Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation Senior staff housing Nhulunbuy $880,000
Thamarrurr Development Corporation Painting Services in Indigenous Communities Wadeye $100,000
Thamarrurr Development Corporation Civil Construction machinery Wadeye $550,000
Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation 7’s Rugby Tournament Nhulunbuy $45,365
Nauiyu Nambiyu Incorporated Musical Instruments Nauiyu Nambiyu $35,000
Laynhapuy Homelands Association Sea Ranger Vessel Nhulunbuy $237,508
Ramingining Homelands Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation Travel Costs Memorial to Yolgnu elder Ramingining $28,570
TOTAL $9,918,911