Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

NTER Container Accommodation Report

I have received a report from the head of, Dr Jeff Harmer, on the converted containers housing Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) staff that may have high levels of formaldehyde. The report documents events from when concerns were first raised… Continue reading

Helping Families Affected by Drug Abuse

Eighteen organisations across the country, working with families affected by substance abuse, will receive a $3 million boost over the next financial year as part of the National Illicit Drugs Strategy Strengthening Families program. Harmful drug use by one person… Continue reading

Cape York Welfare Reform Trial

The Australian Government will introduce measures to enable participants in the Community Development and Employment Program (CDEP) to come under the jurisdiction of the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC), as part of the Cape York welfare reform trial. These measures will… Continue reading

Melons and Pomegranates for Ali Curung

Pomegranates and melons will be grown in the remote Indigenous community of Ali Curung in the Northern Territory, as part of a major horticulture project. During a visit to Ti Tree today, Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, announced a… Continue reading

Young Aboriginal Women Focus on Education and Careers

The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Minister for Education, and the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, today announced $103,000 funding to the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council for the 2008 Kungka Career Conference. Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s… Continue reading

Advice on Formaldehyde Exposure

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has received advice from National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) that the formaldehyde detected in the tested converted containers housing Australian Government staff is unlikely to cause long-term… Continue reading

Landmark housing project for NT Indigenous communities

A landmark joint housing program between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments will deliver vital construction, refurbishment and infrastructure developments, as well as jobs in 73 Northern Territory Indigenous communities and some urban areas. The Australian Government will contribute $547… Continue reading

Accommodation for NTER staff

Some of the converted containers that our staff have been living in, for up to six months, may have possible high levels of formaldehyde. We don’t know yet if the converted containers which our people have been living in actually… Continue reading

Improving children’s health in Warmun

A health co-ordinator will be located in the remote Indigenous community of Warmun to improve the health of the Gija people and other local communities under a joint Australian and Western Australian Government funding arrangement. The $100,000 Gija health project… Continue reading

Pool cool for school

The 450 residents of the remote Indigenous community of Warmun in the Kimberley now have a new swimming pool which is also aimed at getting children to go to school. The formal opening of the Warmun Community Swimming Pool marks… Continue reading

Child care services for Halls Creek

The Australian Government has pledged its support for the establishment of a child care service hub in Halls Creek to make sure local children have access to high quality early learning and care. Today I met members of the Halls… Continue reading

Safe housing for young Indigenous Australians

Hostels to provide accommodation for up to 100 young people will be built in four remote West Australian communities to give young Indigenous Australians better education and training opportunities. The hostels will be constructed in Halls Creek, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing… Continue reading

Boost for mental health services in Western Australia

The Australian Government is funding a range of mental health programs in Western Australia to tackle high levels of mental illness and suicide in many remote Indigenous communities. Nationally, the Australian Government will provide $15.4 million through the National Respite… Continue reading

Extending the alcohol ban at Fitzroy Crossing

The Australian Government supports continuing the alcohol ban at Fitzroy Crossing beyond its due expiry date of 23 May 2008. There have been marked improvements in health, education and safety since the ban was imposed by the Western Australian director… Continue reading

First Footprints in Landmark Study of Indigenous Children

A landmark study, starting next week, will track the long-term development of 2,200 Indigenous children from communities across Australia. Australia’s Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, Footprints in Time, will give researchers the capacity to look in depth at the early… Continue reading

Social Justice Report 2007

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, today launched the Social Justice Report 2007. The Social Justice Report focuses on family violence and child abuse in Indigenous communities. The Social Justice Report highlights the need for measures… Continue reading

New school hostel for Cape York

Work on a new secondary school student hostel in Weipa that will be home to around 120 boarders from Indigenous communities will start this year with the hostel due to open its doors by mid-2009. The new hostel will operate… Continue reading

250 New Indigenous Jobs in Cape York

Western Cape Indigenous communities are set to share the economic benefits of the flourishing mining activity in the region with the creation of 250 new Indigenous jobs by 2012. The jobs are central to a regional partnership agreement involving the… Continue reading

Building leadership among Indigenous women

Up to 70 Indigenous women from Cape York communities are being offered the opportunity to participate in a leadership workshop in May. Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced details of the workshop during a visit… Continue reading

$10 million proposal to create Indigenous jobs

A world heritage listed rainforest environment will be protected and Indigenous jobs created under a $10 million plan to build an eco-tourism transit hub outside the entrance to the iconic Mossman Gorge north of Cairns. The plan was announced today… Continue reading