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NLC welcomes homelands commitment

Posted: Wed, March 28, 2012

Northern Land Council Chief Executive Mr Kim Hill has welcomed this morning’s announcement by Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin that will see a $221 million investment in Northern Territory outstations and homelands over the next ten years.

Mr Hill said the preservation of homeland communities is integral to ending Aboriginal disadvantage in the Northern Territory.

“The evidence is indisputable - outstation life provides better health outcomes, allowing people to live longer,” Mr Hill said.

"The last thing we want is funding ceased and Aboriginal peoples forced off their traditional lands and into growth towns which would undoubtedly lead to more dysfunction and more disadvantage."

The continued funding will provide support for essential services including access to reliable power, functioning water and sewerage systems and safe accessible roads.

While Mr Hill welcomed the renewed funding, he said additional commitments would be needed to address the over-crowding issues in these remote/regional areas.

“It is disappointing both the Federal and Territory Governments have ruled out extra housing for outstations and we see this as a significant problem. The NLC will continue to lobby governments on this important issue.”

Mr Hill also expressed his disappointment that the Territory Government would only be contributing $1.5m annually toward the package.

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