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Date posted: 12 March 2014
The Australian Army has completed critical infrastructure projects and delivered key services to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara town of Fregon/Kaltjiti as part of the Army Aboriginal community assistance program.
The program is a joint initiative between the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the Australian Army to improve environmental health conditions within remote Aboriginal communities.
The Minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, said part of the infrastructure project included building accommodation for service providers. The council now runs the accommodation as a successful business, generating income for the community.
Minister Scullion also highlighted the other achievements of the program, noting the '...substantial infrastructure improvements to Fregon, including to the service provider's accommodation, children and family centre and four houses. Work was also undertaken to upgrade the community's water supply and refurbish the Fregon Community Church.'
The Army also delivered a number of training courses which were identified by the community as being useful for developing the skills needed to tackle disadvantage and improve living conditions in Fregon, with courses including basic construction and home maintenance. Health services were delivered in addition to the training courses, including first aid training, asbestos-awareness training, and the treatment of 172 animals by Army veterinarians.
'The strong collaboration between the Army and Fregon has meant this program has delivered real outcomes for this community across the board, in infrastructure, health and training,' said Minister for Defence, David Johnston.
Source: First Nations Telegraph