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Howard Government backs growth in AFL NT.



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M e d i a R e l e a s e

MAL BROUGH MP

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs

27 October 2007

Howard Government backs growth in AFL NT

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced a re-elected Coalition Government would commit nearly $4 million over four years to support the Northern Territory AFL (AFL NT) to run two sporting programs.

“The first program will establish a Territory football franchise to compete in an existing State League competition.

“This will create the opportunity for talented young Northern Territorians to compete at elite levels without needing to relocate interstate.

“The franchise will be based in Alice Springs and will recruit players from across the Northern Territory.

“In addition, it will provide a framework on which a Northern Territory Netball team can enter the new national State-based netball competition.

“The second program will allow the AFL NT to work with Indigenous communities offering football clinics, junior development activities, coaching accreditation, secondary school activities, healthy lifestyle carnivals and a healthy lifestyle festival as well as holiday programs. It will also provide personal development opportunities for players allowing them to build careers after sport.

“The responsiveness of Indigenous youth to opportunities provided through sport have been demonstrated on the Tiwi Islands and Wadeye.

“A re-elected Coalition Government is committed to using sport as one way to tackle Indigenous disadvantage.

Minister’s media contact: Suzanne Ferguson 0448 829 068