First Circles Members To Meet Giles Cabinet On 7 June 2016

First Circles Members To Meet Giles Cabinet On 7 June 2016

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles 

Northern Territory Minister for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price

First Circles Members Meet In Alice Springs

Victor P Taffa

Up and coming Indigenous leaders across the Northern Territory have met over the past two weeks in Darwin and Alice Springs to discuss issues that are affecting them and their communities.

Chief Minister Adam Giles visited the First Circles Central Australian group at their meeting in Alice Springs today.

“The Northern Territory Government is proud of the First Circles members and the work that they have undertaken as part of the leadership program.” Chief Minister Giles said.

“This unique program gives new and emerging leaders from across the Territory direct engagement with Cabinet on Aboriginal affairs policy matters.”

“Some 30 members have been selected for the 2016 program with 15 from the Barkly, MacDonnell and Central Desert regions and 15 from the Tiwi Islands, Vic Daly, East Arnhem and Roper Gulf regions.”

“As part of the program, the Country Liberals Government will invest $250,000 on small to medium projects identified and lead by First Circles members to benefit their community or region.” Chief Minister Giles said.

Some of the First Circles projects being undertaken include:

  • Equipment to support a community fun run at Galiwinku;
  • Picnic facilities for Titjikala;
  • Refurbishment of ablution facilities at Milikapiti, Pirlangimpi and Wurrumiyanga airports;
  • Construction of shade shelters and water supply to ceremonial locations in the Laramba community.

The First Circles program was an initiative of Minister for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price. It is the only one of its kind in Australia.

“The program aims to provide pathways for young leaders to emerge from our remote areas and become active participants in leading their own communities and in shaping the future of the Northern Territory.” Mrs. Price said.

“First Circles is a fantastic new engagement model that is focused on identifying, mentoring and supporting Indigenous emerging leaders in communities.”

“The engagement program is delivering results through increasing the leadership capability of members and the funding of community specific projects aimed to sustain strong community lifestyles, encourage new and emerging leaders and build local economies.” Chief Minister Giles said.

“The First Circles engagement model recognises that Aboriginal Territorians are the First Nations People and will ensure that Aboriginal people can provide advice on the development and implementation of policy directly to senior bureaucrats and members of Cabinet.”

“The First Circles members will meet with the Northern Territory Cabinet in Darwin on 7 June 2016 and I know that we are all looking forward to what the members will be presenting to us.”

NT Minister for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price

NT Minister for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Minister Giles said the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in Alice Springs and Darwin was created to spearhead government initiatives, drive the creation of enabling environments and focus on creating economic opportunities for Aboriginal people.

“The Northern Territory is a unique place with a proud, strong Aboriginal identity, culture and languages. As a Territory, we want to see this strength resonated in all areas of people’s lives such as education, health, employment and business development.” Chief Minister Giles said.