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The $221 million funding for outstations and homelands in the Northern Territory (NT) that the federal government announced last week will be used to provide access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance. It will also support garbage collection, dog control programs and operational costs for organisations that provide municipal and essential services.
The funding is a component of the government's Stronger futures package, and was one of a number of long-term funding commitments to NT communities that were announced last week. Other funded areas included primary health care, alcohol and mental health, community safety and early childhood.
About 9,000 Indigenous people currently live in more than 500 small dispersed communities in very remote parts of the Northern Territory.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous advocacy groups have welcomed a long-term funding commitment, without which it is difficult to ensure the viability of homelands and outstations.
Source: Minister for Indigenous Affairs; Amnesty International; NT Aboriginal Peak Organisations (APONT)