Community Planning & Development
'Our strong community, our future'
The Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program helps Aboriginal people in the NLC region to drive their own development projects and secure benefits from the use of their land and waters.
Initiated in 2016, the CP&D Program supports Aboriginal groups to plan and implement projects that deliver lasting benefits that support their community’s social, cultural, environmental and economic development interests.
The CP&D Program is based on good governance and local Aboriginal decision-making at every step of the way. It uses an eight step process to assist groups in planning and delivering projects using their income from land use agreements, such as royalties or lease money. The process strengthens Aboriginal capacity, control and group cohesion in making decisions and managing the use of their money for community development.
Currently, the CP&D Program is working with eight Aboriginal groups across the NLC region. Together they have invested over $6.5 million toward projects for lasting community benefit. Nearly 30 development projects have been planned and are at different stages of progress.
Projects have a strong focus by groups on culture, youth and community infrastructure. They include:
- culture camps to support intergenerational knowledge transfer of lore and culture
- youth diversion programs
- training and employment opportunities
- law and justice
- upgrades to community buildings, schools and signage
To check the progress of the CP&D Program, the NLC has established a monitoring and evaluation framework and implementation plan. A part of that plan is setting up a long term monitoring and evaluation system that will use community identified indicators to measure the value and benefits of their community projects and the processes used by NLC to support strong development outcomes.
The CP&D Program is an exemplar of communities working together for the betterment of their future generations, through supported governance and decision making processes. It highlights the benefits of Aboriginal groups having the authority to lead their planning and development based on their local needs, issues and values. It also sends a good message to governments that Aboriginal-led planning and development provides lasting community benefits.
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The NLC Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program started in 2016. It works with Aboriginal land-owning groups and supports them to use their money from land use agreements, such as royalties or lease money, to drive their own development and secure benefits from their land, waters and seas.
Native Title holders have been working with the NLC's Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program to complete an upgrade of their outstation at Marralum on Legune Station.