$2m boost to re­mote com­mu­nity groups

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

MORE than $2 mil­lion will to­day be awarded to mul­ti­ple pro­jects un­der the Re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Fund and Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons ini­tia­tive.

The com­mu­ni­ties of Docker River, Imanpa and Mu­titjulu will re­ceive $134,500 for Wi-Fi ser­vices and Milingimbi will de­velop a trades hub to up­skill, em­ploy and de­velop busi­nesses.

The Wu­laign Home­lands Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion in La­ja­manu will re­ceive $229,600 to re­pair and main­tain its ve­hi­cle fleet, trail­ers and equip­ment.

The Yugul Mangi Devel­op­ment in Ngukurr will also re­ceive $125,000 to con­struct ac­com­mo­da­tion units.

Chief Min­is­ter Adam Giles said an­nounced 12 pro­jects would re­ceive money from the RAEDF and 17 would re­ceive funds through the Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons and First Cir­cles pro­gram.

“The North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment is de­lighted to an­nounce an ar­ray of pro­jects to ben­e­fit re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, help build lo­cal economies, in­crease jobs, pro­mote busi­ness and help com­mu­ni­ties to grow,” he said.

“I want to build strong com­mu­ni­ties and th­ese pro­jects will ad­vance small or large eco­nomic devel­op­ments so we can as­sist to keep our indige­nous cul­ture strong, and con­tinue to see our com­mu­ni­ties thrive.”

The Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $18 mil­lion over three years to the Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons Pro­gram, which is aimed at sourc­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and find­ing eco­nomic ways to make lives bet­ter out bush.

It has com­mit­ted $4 mil­lion over two years for the RAEDF.

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