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New AACAP housing and infrastructure for NT communities.



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New AACAP Housing an infrastructure for NT communities

 

10 October 2000

 

Two Territory Aboriginal communities will soon receive housing and infrastructure through the ATSIC/Army Community Assistance Program (AACAP).

The communities of Yarralin/Lingara, about 300 kms south west of Katherine and Aminbidji near Timber Creek, will receive new and upgraded housing, roads, water and power supplies, stormwater drainage and landscaping which will be provided by the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).

ATSIC NT Northern Zone Commissioner Kim Hill says much of the work under AACAP has been successful so far but he believes the partnerships could be strengthened through closer discussions from regional and local perspectives. He said the communities near Katherine are looking forward to the work being done.

“The Army has interacted well with community members in many of the projects already carried out under AACAP. We are keen to see the infrastructure work completed for these communities as it will be of benefit to around 400 people.”

AACAP is a partnership between ATSIC, the Australian Army and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care which began in 1997 as a pilot program to improve the environmental health on communities. AACAP Supplements State and Territory government funding to improve health on communities through essential services and community infrastructure. Infrastructure work through AACAP has been identified as a priority through the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) process.

“The AACAP program is an interesting one as the Army works with community members in other areas as well, including the delivery of primary health care with assistance from the Department of Health and Aged Care, Commissioner Hill said.

The project is expected to begin early next year.

For further information: Denis Maher 89594225 or 0418 246284

 

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