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The Alice Springs Transformation Plan (ASTP) aimed to improve life outcomes for Aboriginal people who either lived in, or visited, Alice Springs (NT), particularly in town camps. It also aimed to reduce homelessness through housing and infrastructure upgrades and the provision of suitable support services.
The plan included:
In 2011, further funding of $150 million was put towards the development of the Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park, as well as upgraded town-camp housing, temporary accommodation, buying liquor licences to reduce the extraordinary proliferation of outlets, and programs to curb anti-social behaviour.
The NT and Australian governments were working in partnership with the corporate and community sectors, particularly Aboriginal organisations, to achieve the transformation and deliver sustainable improvements in service delivery. A dedicated ASTP Joint Steering Committee (JSC) was established to oversee the design, development and implementation of the plan.
Please refer to the links below for the Northern Territory Government contact details.
The third annual report outlines the progress that has been made towards meeting the targets set to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The most positive change has been in the area of child mortality where the gap has significantly narrowed in recent years.
The report provides information on the seven key building blocks identified by the Government as addressing specific areas of Indigenous disadvantage, including:
The Government has committed to investing $5.75 billion over three years to make long-term improvements in each of these building block areas. The report acknowledges the interrelated nature of the Closing the gap targets, and outlines how each of the seven key building blocks works individually and together to make progress towards the targets.
The report also acknowledges how progress can only be made through a partnership approach with Indigenous individuals and communities, and the large role that the corporate and community sectors have to play in closing the gap. The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australian's are cited as key instances of how this partnership approach has been implemented.
The report recognises that previous methods of data collection were inadequate to measure progress made; to improve the evidence base the Government has committed $46.4 million over four years from 2009-10. Finally the report concludes that there is still much work to be done to address Indigenous disadvantage, but hopefully through following the targets set 'closing the gap' will be a realisable achievement within the next generation.
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