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Speech at the launching of Galiwinku Seafoods PTY. LTD. Trawler



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NOTICE TO PRESS

SPEECH BY THE MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, MR I.ES 30HMS0N, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE GALIUINKU SEAFOODS PTY. LTD. TRAWLER AT HORN ENGINEERING, ROTHDALE ST. KANGAROO POINT, BRISBANE. 7 AUGUST, 1975.

Speech for the launching of the; Galiwinku Seafoods Pty. Ltd., Trailer

I have considerable pleasure in launching this tiawler ; ., i D H I K K A B .. and at the same time a fishing venture which 1 hope will become a sound contributor to the economy of the Elcho Island community.

One of the great handicaps for Aboriginal communities along pur Northern Coast is isolation and consequent lack of convenienced add facilities. .

This trawler, I trust, will go some way towards easing such handicaps in the Elcho Island area. .

Elcho Island, some 330 miles north east of Darwin, is part of the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve and as far as I am aware the only previous economic venture in the area was an unsuccessful mineral oil and asphaltum project in the 1920‘s.

I am much more confident that the current fishing venture can be a commercial success. With my Department* 1 strongly support the project as I understand it will provide full employment for some 20 men in an area where the availability of employment has been a constant problem.

At the outset there is a lot going for this project. The fishermen involved are very keen; there is ah abundance of fish in the area - particularly barramundi, which sells at a high price? and markets for the produce are available both locally and in Darwin.

, I am told that the expected profit from the first full year

Of operation will be in the vicinity of $20,000.

I would like to commend that iniative of the group from Elcho Island who lodged an application for assistance in establishing this private enterprise fishing venture in November 1973.

My predecessor, Senator Cavanagh, approved a loan of $195,000 in August 1974. 'iThe purpose of this loan was to purchase three 40* steel trawlers, four 20‘ fibreglass vessels, plant and working capital.

Following a re-examination of the project by the fisheries branch of the Department of the Northern Territory and my Department, and allowing for the rapid escalation in costs of capital equipment, the Aboriginal Loans Commission was asked to vary the approval. In April

this year, the Loans Commission agreed to the variation sought and the money provided will now purchase this trawler, which I atn ·launchingU today, three fibreglass boats and vehicles, and other plant and working capital.

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The Galiwinku Seafoods Company tuas formally incorporated in October last year to run the venture, with all the shares being owned by the community through the Progress Association.

My very good wishes go with the men who will take the trawler to Elcho Island.

They are the project adviser to the Community, Mr Ross Campbell, and four^ directors of the Galiwinku Company, Mr Geffrey Bronang, Mr Peter Malparri and Mr Oohn.Nupura...and Mr Djurri Djupandawui.

; The vessel is equiped with radio, radar and sounding

equipment and is fully fitted out for the ten to fourteen weeks journey.

I have great pleasure in launching this vessel and wish all connected with her operations success in the business venture.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs,

Canberra, A.C.T.

Brisbane, Q.L.D.

7 August, 1975.