Northern Territory Govt Awards Nearly $5 Million On Homelands

Northern Territory Govt Awards Nearly $5 Million On Homelands

Northern Territory Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy

Capital Grants For Improvements On Homelands Announced

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government has awarded nearly $5 Million to ensure its homelands continue to be serviced and maintained.

“Territory Government supports residents to maintain their traditional and cultural links to their homelands and is making it possible for Indigenous people to live on homelands and raise their families there.” Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy said.

“This recent grant release to homeland communities enables the delivery of municipal essential services.”

From Woodykupildiya in the West Daly region to Walkabout Bore in the far south of the Territory, more than 90 homelands will benefit from upgrades to infrastructure and equipment.

Municipal and Essential Services Special Purpose Grants (MESSPG) were recently announced with 33 service providers including councils, Aboriginal corporations and community associations now able to deliver improved services in their homelands.

This is the second of two MESSPG grant rounds for the 2018-2019 year.

Grants will assist with the construction or upgrade of homelands infrastructure and purchase of plant and equipment for use in the provision of homelands services.

Highlights include:

  • $1.4 Million for solar upgrades and repairs in 17 homelands
  • $1.1 Million for improvements to 25 homeland water supplies
  • $500,000 for upgrade of septic systems and effluent disposal in 15 homelands.

“Staying connected to country gives Aboriginal people a sense of pride and ownership and these grants will improve the services available to residents of our homelands.” Assistant Minister for Remote Housing and Homelands Lawrence Costa said.