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Over a million dollars invest in the Barkley.

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13th March 2009


Stainless steel barbeques will be springing up at the Longreach Waterhole Recreation Area, and the Tennant Creek Tourist Stop following an injection of money from the Federal Government’s $800 million Community Infrastructure fund.

The Barkly Shire Council received $341,000 from the Federal Government to spend on immediate infrastructure projects that improve life in the region, as well as supporting local jobs.

The Council chose upgrades to the Longreach Waterhole Recreation Area including the installation of stainless steel BBQs, a car park, camping area, covered seat and tables, 10,000 litre water tank and waterless amenities with disabled access.

Stainless steel BBQs, covered seats and tables, landscaping, fencing, lighting and a self-cleaning rest room for the Tennant Creek Tourist Stop Upgrade are also planned, along with the construction of new sections of the Lake Mary Ann walk and cycle track.

Tennant Creek and the Barkly region have also received more than $800,000 from the Aboriginal Benefit Account (ABA).

These grants provide essential services to improve the lives of Indigenous people and help develop remote Indigenous communities.

Barkly Regional Arts Incorporated will receive $64,168 to upgrade the Winanjjikari Music Recording studio, and for the recording of traditional stories and song books. The Alyawarr Inkerr-Wenh Aboriginal Corporation will receive $492,108 for operational funding.

In addition, the Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre, Julalikari Arts, Arlpwe Art and Culture at Ali Curung and Kulumindini Arts in Elliott will receive a total of $253,000 for upgrades, equipment and signage.

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

“I welcome this significant investment in the culture, tourism and infrastructure of the Barkly region,” said Mr Snowdon.

“Tennant Creek and surrounds are important to both the Territory’s economy and culture, and these projects are just the beginning of the Federal Government support to be offered to the region.”

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