Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (April 2012)
Outstations can now look forward to some long-term security with $206 million worth of funding on the horizon.
And good news: Outstations are back on the agenda
Remote outstations that were starved of support in recent times can now look forward to some long-term security with $206 million promised over 10 years
Outstations are suddenly receiving promises of support after years of languishing off the political agendas of all parties.
The CLC welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of $206 million over 10 years with another $15 million coming from the Territory saying that its constituents consistently argue for support for their outstations.
“While $20 million a year for outstations is spread a bit thin, it does provide some long-term security for the organisations that deliver these services, and we should now expect the NT Government to find matching funds, and review their policy approach to outstations,” CLC Director David Ross said.
“We expect these funds will be subject to greater transparency measures to ensure the NT Government spends this money as it is intended, including providing a clear indication of what level of service outstation residents can expect,’ he said.
The Government’s announcement was quickly followed by the NT Country Liberals announcement that it would commit $50 million over four years if it wins this year’s NT election.