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Regional Highlights 2004-2005



Regional Highlights 2004-2005

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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Arnhem and Tiw i Islands 2004-05 Northern Territory Budget 6 Regional Highlights Arnhem and Tiw i Islands Regional Highlights 7 2004-05 Northern Territory Budget Arnhem and Tiwi Islands Supporting Business $0.64M for local organisations to provide visitor information services and regional marketing activities for the Top End region (encompassing Darwin, Coomalie, Outer Darwin, Jabiru, Kakadu and East Arnhem Land) Jobs and Training $0.87M Flexible Response Funding for training leading to employment for Indigenous people, Training for Remote Youth and Training Centres Safer Communities $10.23M to provide police, fi re and emergency services in the region $1.4M for child protection services, working with families at risk $0.1M to strengthen family support services in the region $0.56M for Groote Eylandt, Nhulunbuy and Tiwi Islands community corrections to monitor and supervise of adult and juvenile clients including successful reintegration into the community $0.21M to establish a new Arnhem Land Fire Control Region to improve fi re control and management services to the various Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land $0.16M to enable courts and tribunals to administer justice for regional and remote communities, including Pirlangimpi (Pularumpi) and Nguiu on the Tiwi Islands, Alyangula, Galiwinku, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Oenpelli and Yirrkala. Registry services are provided through the courthouses in Nhulunbuy and Darwin $50 000 for building law and justice plans in Galiwinku and Maningrida Better Schooling $32.51M for early childhood, primary and post primary education in 19 remote schools in the region $5.48M for primary and early childhood education in Nhulunbuy Primary School $4.43M for assistance to non-government schools in the region $3.28M for secondary education at Nhulunbuy High School $1.72M for Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Programs, to improve the education of Indigenous students $1.1M for Commonwealth Targeted Programs, such as Strategic Assistance for Improving Student Outcomes and National Drug Education Strategy The Arnhem and Tiwi Islands region covers Arnhem Land and adjacent coastal islands. Mining is the dominant industry and employment source for the region, and the mining towns of Nhulunbuy and Alyangula (on Groote Eylandt) are the regions major centres. Nhulunbuy is home to the vast Alcan bauxite project while high-grade manganese is produced on Groote Eylandt. Other industries include buff alo harvesting, aquaculture, forestry and fi shing. The natural beauty of the Tiwi Islands, Cobourg Peninsula and Gove Peninsula, with abundant Indigenous art and crafts, attracts many tourists to the region. Forty per cent of the regions widely dispersed and comparatively young population of about 21 000 is Indigenous. More than 50 per cent is aged under 26, with only 2.2 per cent over 65 years.