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The community of Areyonga now have access to a greater range of healthy and affordable food, thanks to new support from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
The upgrades to the Areyonga Store and store manager's house are the first to be completed under a $55.8 million investment through the ABA Stores infrastructure project. The project is a strategic partnership between the Australian Government and the Aboriginals Benefit Account Advisory Committee (ABAAC) and involves stores across the Northern Territory.
Work to upgrade the Areyonga Store has resulted in a number of substantial improvements that will improve retail efficiency and food storage. These include an increase in the size of the retail area, new refrigerators and freezers, and a new storeroom and loading dock.
This will help to ensure the residents of Areyonga are able to buy a good range of fresh, reasonably priced food, which will contribute to Closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
The store was opened by ABAAC Chair, Mrs Pat Brahim, and Daniel Owen, who represented the Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Mrs Brahim said the improvements to the Areyonga store will lead to real and lasting benefits for the community.
'Both the ABAAC and the Australian Government worked closely with local Aboriginal people and community groups to ensure this investment delivers ongoing benefits for Aboriginal people living in Areyonga,' she said.
To look at the other projects receiving support from the Aboriginals Benefit Account please refer to the links below.