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The Northern Territory (NT) Government's new Homelands policy will see $300 million invested in homelands infrastructure in the NT over the next ten years.
The policy will see improved management and maintenance of existing infrastructure - including houses, roads, and essential services at homelands across the Territory - according to policy launched today (1 August 2012) in the town of Gangan in northeast Arnhem Land.
NT Chief Minister, Paul Henderson said the Homelands policy is committed to investing up to $20,000 for each homeland dwelling for power, essential services, repairs and maintenance; and to giving homeland residents more say in how funding is spent.
Indigenous Development Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy said that during 2012 the Government will work with residents and service providers to transition to the new arrangements which will commence on 1 July 2013.
'Homelands funding includes $200 million from the Australian Government and at least $100 million more from the Territory Government.
'Homelands will continue to receive a wide range of government services and programs in the future - including education, health, employment, and community safety and ranger programs,' said Ms McCarthy.
Amnesty International, a long-time campaigner for the homelands movement, has released a statement calling on both major parties to honour the commitments made in their homelands policies.
'Bi-partisan recognition of the importance of preserving homelands must now translate into bringing essential services and infrastructure up to minimum international standards.'
Source: Amnesty; ntnews.com.au