1 October 2017
ALC distributes money for community projects

THE ALC distributed more than $24million to nine Aboriginal corporations in the 2016/17 financial year for projects to benefit Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island communities.

The ALC established its Royalty Development Unit (RDU) in 2016 to give advice to the ALC Board on funding projects proposed by the corporations.

Indigenous Affairs Minister, Hon Nigel Scullion, in a speech in front of national media at the signing of the Mining and Exploration Agreements between South 32 and ALC, strongly praised ALC chair Tony Wurramarrba and ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt for establishing the RDU.

“The nature and quality of the support provided has resulted in unprecedented levels of trust in these services,” Mr Wurramarrba said.

The nine corporations received money for 58 different projects.

Amangarra Aboriginal Corporation was given money to supply white goods to communities, clean scrubs and fence lines, run the Royalty Shoppa warehouse and install a high voltage electricity transformer.

Aminjarrinja was funded to buy a water taxi, to buy an elder's retreat in Cairns, to fund a University of Queensland study on the effects of manganese on animals, a multimedia program, supporting the Salt Lake Band and other projects.

The Angabunumanja corporation received money for housing projects, environmental services and a new music room.

ARAC was funded to support a police station, the MJD Foundation, a cultural program, a sports project, suicide prevention and many other projects.

ASAC received money to run basketball and football competitions.

GEBIE was funded to run its $2million social program, nutrition program and research on the contamination of manganese on children.

And Lagulalaya purchased a rescue boat, funeral vehicle, excavator and tools for the Milyakburra Workshop Garage.

ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt said the RDU also provided accounting and administration support for seven new Traditional Owner businesses: the Anindilyakwa Royalties Aboriginal Corporation (ARAC), Bartalumba Mini Mart Aboriginal Corporation, Lagulalya Aboriginal Corporation, Mungwardinamanja Aboriginal Corporation, Yimadumanja Aboriginal Corporation and Eylandt Clean-up Services.