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New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

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Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Minister for Disability Reform WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Indigenous Health

Member for Lingiari

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

Community infrastructure upgrades, a boost in efforts to help protect and conserve the environment, a mobile male health unit and an inter-island barge for the Tiwi Islands are among 35 new projects to receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Minister for Indigenous Health and local Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said the funding will deliver much needed projects and services to Indigenous communities in the Territory.

“These are grassroots projects which are developed by the community to benefit local Aboriginal people and make a significant contribution to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage,” Ms Macklin said.

“Importantly, they will create new jobs, strengthen remote communities and improve the lives of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

“Funding includes more than $1.5 million to the Northern Land Council to fund and support 18 new ranger programs in the Top End.

“These programs will not only provide local employment opportunities but also deliver real environmental benefits and will keep culture strong in some of the Territory’s most intact and fragile ecosystems.”

Mr Snowdon said the Australian Football League Northern Territory will also receive $1.5 million to continue its Strength and Unity through Football program in selected communities for a further two years.

“The program will deliver a variety of football programs to drive improvements in areas such as health and fitness, school attendance and employment,” Mr Snowdon said.

“We know that these programs are a great way for Indigenous girls and boys to participate in a sport that they love, while also gaining positive skills and practical outcomes.

“Other important projects being funded include a mobile male health unit to service Central Australian communities, the Warlpiri Media Archives Revitalisation Project,

upgrading three community and training centres in the Alice Springs Town Camps and a bush medicine project at Banatjarl.

“Projects such as the mobile male health unit will make a real and immediate difference in remote communities,” Mr Snowdon said.

ABA grants are awarded to projects that will help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

The ABA was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (the ALRA Act).

The account is funded by payments from the Commonwealth Government, equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

Minister Macklin thanked the ABA Advisory Committee and in particular the chair, Mrs Pat Brahim, for the ongoing work they do to make this program a success.

Organisation Project Location Funding

Balunu Foundation Ltd Balunu Youth Healing Camps for at risk youth aged 12-17

Darwin Region $250,000

Tiwi Islands Shire Council

Upgrade of facilities at Bathurst Island Oval Tiwi Islands

Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu)


Karnte Aboriginal Corporation Karnte Community Centre Upgrade

Alice Springs $249,848

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation Mobile Male Health Unit

Remote Central Australian Communities $250,000

Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health and Related Services Incorporated

Katherine Region Youth Group - Building Strong Futures Together Today Katherine Region $245,443

West Arnhem Shire Council Youth Space Upgrade Gunbalanya $250,000

Nyewente Association Incorporated

Refurbishment and Upgrade for Nyewente Community Centre Alice Springs $249,811

Tangentyere Council Incorporated Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre Infrastructure

Alice Springs $249,767

Organisation Project

Location Funding


Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation

Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Spirit: hip hop workshops and leadership camp for Indigenous youths

aged 12-25 years in nine communities in the Katherine region.

Yarralin, Lingara, Bulla, Pigeon Hole, Mialuni, Lajamanu,Kalkarindji,

Dagaragu,Timber Creek


Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation

Three Phase Inverter/Battery for Diesel Generator Power System Standley Chasm

(Angkerle Atwatye) $245,000

Organisation Project

Location Funding

Akanta Aboriginal Corporation

Purchase of a truck to provide additional capacity supporting traditional owners in long-term land

management initiatives

Urrampinyi-Iltiltjarri Aboriginal Land Trust in Central Australia $170,000

Tiwi Islands Shire Council

Inter-Island Barge: 7.5 metre landing barge and trailer to transport community members

between Melville and Bathurst Islands

Tiwi Islands $210,100

Central Land Council Warumungu and Anurrete Aboriginal Land Trust boundary fencing

Warumungu and Anurrete Aboriginal Land Trust $235,400

Galatji Development Corporation Pty Ltd Galatji Cattle Breeding Project

Menngen Aboriginal Land Trust, Katherine Region $250,000

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation

Bi-cultural Aboriginal awareness course material development

Southern Central Australia $25,000

The Fred Hollows Foundation The Banatjarl Bush Medicine Project

Banatjarl, Katherine Region $224,400

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation Commercial Fridge and Freezer Project

Maningrida $180,000

East Journey Aboriginal Corporation Stepping Up to the Future Yirrkala and



Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation Wave Hill/Canberra

Exchange Program

Kalkaringi $20,666

Central Land Council (CLC) Women’s Law and Culture Meeting 2013

Central Australia $140,000

Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation 2103 Garma Bunggul North East Arnhem



Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation 2013 Garma Catering North East Arnhem



Yothu Yindi Foundation 2013 Garma Youth Forum North East Arnhem $50,000

Organisation Project

Location Funding

Aboriginal Corporation Land

Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation 2013 Garma Operations North East Arnhem



Akeyulerre Incorporated

Arrernte Culture: Itentye (Branching Out) Alice Springs $250,000

Warlpiri Media Association - PAW Media and Communications

Warlpiri Media Archives Revitalisation Project Yuendumu $249,400

Northern Land Council (NLC) Women’s Law and Culture Gathering 2013

Northern Land Council Region


Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Older and Younger Women together for Culture Central Australia $214,879

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

Emergency Response Vehicle Replacement (first response) for Mutitjulu Community

Mutitjulu $200,000

Thamarrurr Development Corporation Ltd Wadeye Magic Football Club Wadeye $220,000

Australian Football League Northern Territory Ltd (AFLNT)

Strength and Unity through Football - Additional funding to 2015

Maningrida, Ngukurr, Hermannsburg (Ntaria), Gapuwiyak, Lajamanu


Northern Land Council

NLC Ranger Group - Capital and Operational funding to support 18 Ranger programs in the Top End

Northern Land Council Region $1,569,305

North Australian Aboriginal Corporation

Part Refit of North Australian Aboriginal Corporation building Darwin $503,000

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation

Dhimurru Senior Staff Accommodation - grant adjustment

North East Arnhem Land $360,000

Anindilyakwa Land Council Funeral and Ceremonies 2013-14

Groote Eylandt $500,000

Date: 29 July 2013

Media contacts: Gerard Richardson (Macklin) 0417 066 818, Marcus Butler (Snowdon) 0417 917 796