The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari
The establishment of market gardens to produce fresh vegetables in remote Northern Territory communities, and the construction and renovation of community stores are among local projects receiving $12.2 million in funding from the Aboriginal Benefits Account (ABA).
Of the $12.2 million, $5.2 million will help three community based organisations to renovate or build new community stores.
The Ulpanyali community will receive support to establish a market garden to produce fresh vegetables.
Studies will also be carried out in 15 other Central Australian communities to investigate the potential for market gardens.
Supplying remote communities with healthy food including fresh vegetables is essential to improving the health of local people.
That's why it is so important that community stores are equipped to provide a good range of fresh, competitively priced food.
Establishing local market gardens to produce fresh vegetables is an ideal way of guaranteeing supplies to the stores.
Another important project to be undertaken in partnership with the NT Government is repairing the causeway at Palumpa, which cuts the community in half each wet season, preventing access to essential community facilities including the store, health clinic and school.
The Aboriginals Benefit Account receives money from the Australian Government equivalent to royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory. This is then used to fund projects that directly benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.
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