Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Member for Lingiari
Senator Trish Crossin, Senator for the Northern Territory
Outstations and homelands in the Northern Territory will benefit from a $221 million investment in basic essential and municipal services over ten years as part of the Stronger Futures package.
The investment will include $206 million from the Australian Government and $15 million from the Northern Territory Government.
The Australian Government has committed to maintaining its funding for a further ten years providing ongoing certainty for Aboriginal people living on outstations and homelands.
This investment will provide support to supply outstations and homelands with access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance.
The funding will also support garbage collection, dog control programs and operational costs for organisations that provide municipal and essential services.
About 9,000 Aboriginal people currently live in more than 500 small dispersed communities in very remote parts of the Northern Territory.
Since 2007, the Australian Government has provided the Northern Territory Government with $20 million each year to deliver municipal and essential services to these communities.
Aboriginal people have told the Government that small communities need our continued support.
Essential services, including reliable power, functioning water and sewerage systems and safe accessible roads are critical to supporting the health and wellbeing of families living in these very remote communities.
Families will now have the security and certainty that these essential services will continue for the next ten years.
This funding builds on the Australian Government’s continued support for outstations and homelands across the Northern Territory, including in the areas of health, job creation and a reliable energy supply. This includes:
The Australian Government is committed to working with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build a stronger future.
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