Northern Territory

$1.7 million for Aboriginal economic development and jobs

The Territory Government has awarded $1.7 million to projects that will drive economic development, create local jobs, and support capacity building in remote communities across the NT.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced 43 recipients of the Remote Aboriginal Development Fund (RADF) to organisations across the Territory.

The RADF provides assistance for grant applicants to develop and deliver Aboriginal economic development and community capacity building initiatives in remote areas.

“The Territory Government is investing in local jobs for local people because we know that a rewarding job greatly improves quality of life,” Mr Gunner said.

“These grants will support local jobs, deliver economic opportunities in some of the Territory’s most remote communities, and boost capacity building initiatives for Aboriginal organisations.

“We are investing in local jobs by supporting Aboriginal economic development and partnerships with Aboriginal people – who are an integral part of shaping the economic future of the NT.”

Mr Gunner said the funding also forms part of the Territory Government’s Local Decision Making election promise to enhance community input into decision making.

Some of the funding includes:

  • Gumatj Corporation – funding towards a Cadastral Survey, sub division and lease registration to support the Equatorial Launch project;
  • Hermannsburg Historical Precinct – support for infrastructure works associated with the historical precinct;
  • Aboriginal Organisation Northern Territory (APONT) – to strengthen Aboriginal governance and management in NT Aboriginal organisations so they can operate effectively to deliver divers positive, social and economic outcomes.
  • Baniyala Garrangail Aboriginal Corporation – to grow remote business and local decision making through contributing to the employment of a resident business manager for the next three years.

Source: NT Government