Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health Member for Lingiari
The new Central Land Council head office, officially opened today, will be an important information, services and support hub for Indigenous Australians in Central Australia.
The Australian Government provided $6.8 million for the building from the Aboriginals Benefit Account, with the Council meeting the $4 million balance.
For the past 35 years, the Central Land Council has worked tirelessly to represent traditional owners in their region to secure and advance land rights, as well as supporting the establishment of early learning centres, adult education, community infrastructure and kidney disease projects.
The Council has signed more Indigenous Land Use Agreements under the Native Title Act than any other Native Title Representative Body in Australia.
The Central Land Council now has community development projects in 30 communities and traditional owners have spent or committed $15.5 million of their rent and royalty monies to projects that will enable them and their children to have better lives.
The Council's new building has been designed to minimise its environmental impact on the community, and reflects the art and culture of the Indigenous people of Central Australia.
Before moving into this building, the Central Land Council delivered its services from offices scattered in different locations across the town.
This new building will deliver more streamlined services for Alice Springs, and will support the Government's commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.
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