The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has today addressed the Central Land Council in Tennant Creek, focusing on issues affecting First Australians in Central Australia.
“As the only federal representative at today’s meeting, I make it a priority to attend these important meetings to take questions from traditional owners and discuss the Coalition Government’s priorities,” Minister Scullion said.
The Central Land Council is a representative body governed by 90 Aboriginal people elected from communities in the southern half of the Northern Territory.
“It was my pleasure to deliver a deed of grant to the Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trust for a small parcel of land as part of a ‘road swap agreement’ with the Northern Territory Government,” Minister Scullion said.
“Finalising land claims is one of our top priorities as they allow traditional owners and Land Councils to focus on opportunities for using traditional lands, including for economic development.
“Today was also a valuable opportunity to address the Full Council on measures contained in the 2017-18 federal budget that will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“In particular, we spoke about the consultation process on a new employment and participation model for remote Australia.
“While in Tennant Creek, I also had the opportunity to visit Papulu Apparr-Kari (PAK) Aboriginal Corporation and see the construction of its new $3.1 million multi-purpose office, funded out of the Aboriginals Benefit Account.
“PAK is a critical part of our Remote School Attendance Strategy – working hard to get more children to attend school each day.
“I also commended the Central Land Council for its research on the effect of royalties on school attendance, and voiced my support for the custodians of Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles).
“The Coalition Government will continue to work closely with the Central Land Council to produce better outcomes for Aboriginal people in Central Australia.”