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Remote community projects & jobs Media Statement - 9th October 2008 The Australian Government is providing $1.55 million for 18 small-scale NT community projects including more than $600,000

for two important capital projects in Wadeye, the Northern Territory's largest Indigenous community.

Wadeye, with a population of around 2,500 will receive funding for the construction of a gymnasium next to the sport and recreation hall as well as a new ablutions block at the community's main


The projects will provide ongoing work during the wet season for local Indigenous trainees at the community's tilt-up concrete slab factory and will support the community to build up a skilled labour force for future construction projects.

The new gymnasium will be an important community resource and will provide new sport and recreation opportunities for Indigenous people.

Sport can have a powerful role in expanding the life chances for young Indigenous people.

An additional $900,000 will be provided for 16 additional projects that will deliver immediate improvements for remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

All projects will provide new employment and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

In Kintore, $140,000 will be provided to renovate a house to be used as a two bed renal dialysis unit for dialysis patients so local people can receive treatment on country rather than having to make the long trip to Alice Springs.

In Western Arnhem, $230,000 has been approved to construct new freezer and chiller facilities and upgrade existing facilities to improve the range and availability of healthy food for the Warruwi community.

Other projects announced in this funding round include dust suppression and control in Mt Leibig; home cleaning packs to support the delivery of a home living skills program in Harts Range and upgrades to the Tjupi Art Centre in Papunya.

All projects are nominated by communities in conjunction with Government Business Managers and demonstrate the Australian Government's commitment to work with communities to address community needs and deliver lasting community benefits.

Jenny Macklin

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The projects are funded under the Government Business Managers' Community Capability Fund.

The Australian Government is committed to more Indigenous job and training opportunities as part of its strategy for closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The full list of project allocations:

Community Project Amount

Yuendumu Wheelie bins $10,000

Harts Range

Home cleaning packs $5,000


Nyirripi home cleaning program $10,000


Recreational hall security lighting $10,612

Mt Liebig

Dust suppression and upgrade of community store equipment


Mt Liebig Dust control $33,072

Mt Liebig

Repair house for aged care $12,000


Women's centre upgrade $31,366

Hermannsburg Portable fire fighting unit $25,000

Papunya and associated outstations; and the communities of Yuendumu, Haast's Bluff and Alice Springs

Upgrade of the Papunya Tjupi Art Centre bulding $160,000

Kintore, Papunya, Mt Liebig, Haast's Bluff, Kiwirrkurra, Tjukala, Docker River, Warburton, Blackstone, Wingellia and Hermannsburg

Kintore dialysis house renovation $140,000

Ntaria, Areyonga and Wallace Rockhole

Fit out and equip the new NT Emergency Services Headquarters


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facility at Hermannsburg

Wadeye, Palumpa

Ablution facility for the main community sports oval in Wadeye



Construction of a gym $202,996


Top soil for the community sports oval $90,000


Healthy foods means healthy people - upgrade of community store facilities


Marlinja Water upgrade $69,674


Paint five houses in the community $21,136

Authorised by Tim Gartrell, 161 London Circuit, Canberra City, ACT 2600

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