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NLC welcomes road upgrades, calls for more infrastructure

Posted: Fri, March 07, 2014

NORTHERN Land Council Chief Executive, Joe Morrison, has welcomed this week's joint announcement of more funding for NT remote and regional roads from the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

“The NLC welcomes this badly needed funding that will improve road safety and accessibility to some of the largest Aboriginal towns in the NLC region,” Mr Morrison said.

“It is unacceptable that large communities such as Wadeye, of over 2500 people, are cut off for lengthy periods of time each year – this funding will be vital in addressing this belated infrastructure requirement.

“More generally, roads are extremely important to Aboriginal people for service delivery and access as well as a fundamental tool for economic development.”

While welcoming the funding, Mr Morrison also supported calls for this investment to be part of a greater government focus on regional and remote infrastructure.

“This is a positive start – an important step towards what the NLC hopes will be an on-going commitment to delivering appropriate infrastructure to Aboriginal town across the Top End,” he said.

“This type of basic infrastructure underpins a whole plethora of other activity aimed at addressing disadvantage across the Aboriginal community.”

Mr Morrison also welcomed the NT Government working with the Aboriginal Area Protection Authority.

“I also commend the Territory Government’s commitment to working with AAPA on sacred site protection – the maintenance of sacred sites and culturally valuable country is of paramount importance to Aboriginal people now and into the future,” he said.