Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Boost for Youth Activities in Northern Territory

The Australian Government will deliver $2.6 million for 30 youth activity projects aimed at young people living in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the Government is committed to addressing drug and alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities.

“The Government is working hard to keep young Indigenous people engaged in healthy, safe activities,” Ms Macklin said.

“All 30 projects support activities for young Indigenous people in the Northern Territory.”

Hermannsburg will receive funding for the purchase of sports equipment and the installation of air-conditioning in a recreation shed to support a local council project.

This will enable up to 230 young people to participate in positive recreational experiences.

At Timber Creek, the Government will fund an inaugural weekend arts and culture festival, with arts and craft, music and performance.

The funding will also support performing artists in the Timber Creek community.

The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said building up youth support services is vital to the long-term success of the Northern Territory Emergency Response.

Northern Territory Senator, Trish Crossin, said youth activities were incredibly important in keeping Indigenous youth engaged in positive activities.

“As part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response, we have committed up to $7.6 million for youth initiatives,” Ms Macklin said.

List of Youth Diversionary Grants

Shire Community Project Title Budget
Barkly Ali Curung Auspiced by Youth Link Up Service – Ali Curung Youth Program – Short term youth development worker. $40,000.00
Barkly Ali Curung Auspiced by Youth Link Up Service – Ali Curung Youth Program – Renovations to Recreation Hall. $90,000.00
Barkly Ampilatwatja Sport and recreation Storage Shed. $20,000.00
Central Desert Arltarlpilta Basketball Courts. $10,000.00
NT-wide various NT Police Youth Program. $200,000.00
Darwin Darwin Town Camp Brown’s Mart – Art and culture programs –Bagot Youth Gathering. $85,000.00
East Arnhem Galiwinku Upgrade basketball court. $240,000.00
East Arnhem Ramingining Basketball Court $25,000.00
East Arnhem Gapuwiyak Gapuwiyak Community Recreation Hall –Upgrades. $150,625.50
East Arnhem Nyinyikay (Arnhem Bay, East Arnhem) Nyinyikay Arts and Culture program – Dance Coaching Clinics and traditional Residencies $107,500.00
East Katherine Borroloola Borroloola CGC – Borroloola Youth Development Unit -Upgrade facilities $200,000.00
East Katherine Bulman / Weemol NMN Regional Council –Recreational Equipment $25,000.00
East Katherine Ngukurr Yugal Mangi Community Government Council – Repairs to basketball court facilities. $26,564.00
Katherine Katherine $70,000 Mataranka $70,000 Timber Creek $50,000 Lajamanu $70,000 Katherine ICC –Katherine Youth in Action. $260,000.00
McDonnell Areyonga (Utju) Areyonga Regional Council – Covered shade area over pool. $20,000.00
McDonnell Hermannsberg (Ntaria) Auspiced by Youth Link Up Service – Hermannsberg (Ntaria) Youth Program – Air conditioning and basic equipment $40,000.00
McDonnell Ikuntji / Haasts Bluff Ikuntji CGC –Refurbishment and upgrade of community hall. $30,000.00
McDonnell Papunya Auspiced by Youth Link Up Service – Papunya Youth Program -Upgrade facilities & provide basic equipment. $80,000.00
Tiwi Is. Local Govt Pirlangimpi Pirlangimbi – Sports & Recreation Centre upgrades. $70,000.00
Top End -Litchfeild Belyuen Belyuen – Sport & Recreation Hall & Football oval upgrades. $100,000.00
Top End -Litchfeild Nauiyu (Daly River) Nauiyu CGC – Upgrade Music and Disco Equipment. $9,500.00
Top End -Litchfeild Nauiyu (Daly River) Nauiyu CGC – Installation of lighting to Nauiyu Sporting Oval for evening sporting activities. $140,000.00
Victoria River -Daly Timber Creek Timber Creek Arts and Culture program – Timber Creek Youth Gathering. $110,000.00
Victoria River -Daly Daguragu Daguragu –Basketball Courts upgrades. $50,000.00
Victoria River -Daly Jilkminggan New basketball / netball courts. $120,000.00
West Arnhem Gunbalanya Gunbalanya CGC – Sporting and play equipment. $15,000.00
West Arnhem Gunbalanya Kunbarllanjanja CGC – youth centre upgrade. $200,000.00
West Arnhem Gunbalanya Gunbalanya CGC – Youth Centre – Minor Upgrades $60,000.00
West Arnhem Gunbalanya Gunbalanya CGC – upgrade football oval. $30,000.00
West Arnhem Maningrida Maningrida swimming Pool – Shade Tech Cover. $45,000.00