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Anangu Pitjantjatjara (AP) Lands communities to work together with Federal-State partnership.

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Anangu Pitjantjatjara (AP) Lands Communities to Work Together with Federal-State Partnership

A joint media release with Terry Roberts, SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Senator Kay Patterson, Minister for Health and Ageing, and Gary Lewis, Chair, AP Executive.

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The Commonwealth and South Australian Governments, and the AP Lands communities have agreed to work together under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) whole-of-government approach to improve the outcomes for Indigenous communities.

In April last year, COAG agreed to identify up to 10 Indigenous sites or regions around the country to trial the new approach which is tailored to needs and priorities of individual communities.

In each case, this will see the Commonwealth and State or Territory government work more flexibly and will lead to an agreement with the community on priorities, responsibilities and outcomes.

Two trial sites, Cape York in Queensland and Wadeye in the NT, were announced late last year.

Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson said that she was very pleased that the AP Lands communities have agreed to be involved in this COAG initiative.

"With the support of both governments local people will have a genuine opportunity to work towards improving the well being of their communities and families."

SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Terry Roberts said: "This trial will build on positive initiatives already under way on the AP Lands, such as the work of the AP Lands Inter-government Inter-agency Collaboration Committee (Tier 1), of which the South Australian Government, the Commonwealth, ATSIC and AP Council are all members."

"It will aim to improve the way Federal and State governments and communities work together to get better results for Anangu on the Lands."

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the SA Department of State Aboriginal Affairs will take the lead

roles in coordinating across government agencies and working with the AP Lands communities. ATSIC will also be closely involved.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Philip Ruddock said: "The key to this new initiative is that neither governments nor Indigenous communities can do it all on their own. We must work together, work in partnership and share responsibility for improving outcomes and building the capacity of people in communities to manage their own affairs."

Mr Gary Lewis, Chair of the AP Executive, welcomed the COAG initiative and the opportunities it could provide for Anangu on the AP Lands. "This COAG partnership gives us an excellent opportunity to get it right", he said.

22 May 2003

Media enquiries: Jeremy Chitty (Mr Ruddock's office): 0418 971 042 Sarah Higginbottom (Senator Patterson's office): 0411 405 341

David Heath (Mr Robert's office): 0422 004 439 Rod Williams (AP Executive office): 08 8954 8101 Bebe Ramzan (AP Executive office):08 8954 8102


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