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The Federal Government has announced the expansion of the stores licensing scheme in the Northern Territory. As part of the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory legislation, the whole of the Northern Territory will be defined as a food security area, excluding the major centres of Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Nhulunbuy. The expanded scheme will include all stores that service Aboriginal communities outside of major centres.
The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin said ‘Licensing focuses on all aspects of a store's operation, including on the range and promotion of healthy food, the quality of retail management, governance and financial practices. Aboriginal people have told us that store licensing has improved the quality and availability of fresh, healthy food, and is having a positive impact on their communities.'
The Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon said that a survey released last year showed Aboriginal people said that children are now healthier, happier and more active than three years ago.
Source: Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA)