ABA Homelands Project

Background

The ABA Homelands Project is a $40 million investment to improve living conditions in homelands (or outstations) in the Northern Territory. The Project has grown out of the ABA Advisory Committee’s Investing in Country and Culture proposal.

The Project

The Project provides a one-off infrastructure investment in selected homelands. The Project is community-driven with an emphasis on consulting with homelands residents to learn what forms of investment they see as most beneficial for their homelands. The Project aims to consult with other sources of assistance to homelands, such as the NT Government’s Municipal and Essential Services (MES) program so that the investment is not duplicated.

The Project will be delivered in three stages:

a diagram shows the three stages of the ABA Homelands Project.  Stage 1 is the consultation stage where schedules of homelands and outstations are developed by each of the four land councils. Land councils will then work with homelands and outstations to put forwards proposals for activity(s). Stage 2 is the assessment stage where the Department assesses submitted proposals and puts forward all information to the ABA Advisory Committee and then to the delegate, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Stage 3 is the delivery stage where local Indigenous providers are engaged to deliver approved packages of works.

  • Stage 1. Consultation: the four Northern Territory land councils will identify and consult with selected homelands in their region. Land councils will assist homelands residents to submit proposals for the Project.
  • Stage 2. Assessment: each proposal will be assessed against benefit, need and capacity criteria by the Department, then the ABA Advisory Committee and finally the Minister who is the delegate.
  • Delivery stage: local Indigenous providers – with a preference for Municipal and Essential Services providers – will be approached to submit an application to deliver approved proposals.

a photo showing local employees working on a construction project

When will consultations start?

The Project is in the consultation stage. Land councils have been engaged to prepare homelands schedules and begin consultations. The Anindilyakwa and Tiwi land councils will begin consultations in the dry-season of 2018. The large number of homelands in the Northern and Central land council regions means these land councils will require additional time to prepare. It is anticipated that consultations will commence in the latter part of 2018.

Some examples of what will be covered

  • New and upgraded essential services infrastructure (electricity, water, sewerage).
  • Upgrades and repairs to roads, bridges, etc.
  • New or upgraded radio and mobile phone infrastructure.
  • New or upgraded communal buildings.
  • Training for the use and maintenance of infrastructure that has been delivered under the Project.

Some examples of what will not be covered

  • Creation of new homelands.
  • New housing or house upgrades/repairs.
  • Vehicles and machinery for personal use.

How to find out more

To learn more about the ABA Homelands Project call 1800 354 612 or email ABAHomelands@network.pmc.gov.au

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