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$20.5 million Community and Place grants fund 143 local Aboriginal community projects
Local Aboriginal projects across NSW will receive a major boost thanks to a $20.5 million investment from the Liberal and Nationals Government.
The Community and Place grants program will support 143 projects that deliver meaningful, community centered outcomes across NSW that drive practical support for Aboriginal communities.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin made the announcement alongside representatives from the Redfern Youth Connect which received funding for two mini-buses and La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council which received funding for a multimedia studio and a new bus.
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government understands it is Aboriginal people who know what is best for their communities which is why we introduced the Community and Place grants program,” Mr Franklin said.
“This is a landmark initiative that will invest in critical projects from skills development programs, building new community infrastructure and patient transport vehicles. I am confident every single one of these projects will create an immediate benefit for Aboriginal communities across NSW.
“The impact of the Community and Place grants does not just benefit this generation, but will continue to empower Aboriginal communities for decades to come.
“We know that by investing in local community initiatives we will significantly increase the likelihood of NSW achieving our targets under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.”
Redfern Youth Connect Executive Director Margaret Haumono said the funding will deliver tangible benefits to the Redfern community.
“I’m delighted that the Redfern Youth Connect has received funding for two buses which will provide transport and safety for our young people to attend offsite activities, excursions and cultural camps,” Ms Haumono said.
“I’d like to thank the NSW Government for this important funding which will provide a significant benefit to our local community.”
La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Chris Ingrey said he was thrilled to receive the funding which will deliver significant outcomes for the La Perouse community.
“We are excited to now have the funds to acquire a much needed bus for our youth service and install a multimedia studio to meet the needs of our community,” Mr Ingrey said.
“The multimedia studio will provide the infrastructure for our community to create and develop media and products that promote our excellence while ensuring digital inclusion amongst the community, particularly our Elders.
“Young people from our community will benefit a great deal with the recent funding for a 12-seater bus. This will make programs for local youth more accessible which will support educational outcomes, divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and promote health and wellbeing.”
For more information on the Community and Place grant program visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.