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Date posted: 30 March 2012
A $619 million funding boost will improve services in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) for the next 10 years, as part of the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory package.
Aboriginal people in the NT have told the Government that they want vital community safety measures, including additional policing and community night patrols to continue. Strengthened remote policing, night patrols and legal assistance services are critical to continuing to improve safety for Aboriginal people in remote NT communities, including Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
The funding will ensure the NT Government can continue employing 60 full-time NT police officers in 18 remote communities, and build an additional four permanent remote area police complexes in communities. The Australian Government will also extend legal assistance and services through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Women's Legal Services, and the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission, ensuring greater access to advice, support, referral and representation for those who need it.
Source: Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra ACT 2600