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Date posted: 27 April 2012
Three Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will receive a $7 million boost in funding for their community water supplies in the next Territory budget.
The NT's Minister for Essential Services Rob Knight recently announced an extra $7 million for water supply in Maningrida, Lajamanu and Ntaria.
Minister Knight said the capital works programs will be undertaken in the next financial year.
The works involve the commissioning of production bores and rising mains to meet the increased demand for water in the towns following the completion of new housing under the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing, and new infrastructure such as the Lajamanu Health Clinic.
Minister Knight said the new water infrastructure supports the Henderson Government's Territory 2030 strategy by planning for increased population in designated Territory Growth Towns.
'This is fantastic news for the residents of these towns. The new infrastructure will ensure people have better access to water for health and hygiene,' Minister Knight said.
Power and Water is also encouraging more efficient use of water in the Territory Growth Towns to ensure the increased demand is met from both more secure supply infrastructure and a reduction in water usage for existing houses and facilities.
Specific programs are:
Source: NT Minister for Essential Services