Council of Territory Co-Operation Animal Welfare Governance Sub-Committee Final Report October 2011
Tabled paper 1533
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Tabled By Lynne Walker
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79 Final Report-Working Future if land trusts use the lease payments to drive that development. The often quoted example on which this view is based is the ALCs use of Aboriginal Benefit Account funds to contribute $5 million to the building of a sealed road from Umbakumba to Angurugu.75 The NLC is looking at establishing corporations as a way to more widely distribute the benefits being received through lease payments.76 Economic profiles of the growth towns are being prepared as part of Working Future. To date four profiles have been released for Ngukurr, Ntaria, Gunbalanya and Yirrkala. The profiles all include the following statement as part of the business environment: Government is working with financial institutions to remove barriers to accessing finance for investments on Aboriginal land and enabling local residents to access finance and capital.77 Apart from the bankers forum talked about earlier it isnt clear to the CTC what other steps government may be taking to remove the barriers to private investment in growth towns. In his four reports as the Territorys Coordinator General, Mr Bob Beadman consistently discussed the need for improvement in school attendance and participation and the need for mutual obligation and shared responsibility in education and employment in Indigenous communities. The CTC raised with him that the biggest impediment to education, jobs and training is substance abuse and that there was little said or done about it.78 Mr Beadman addressed his concerns about these issues in his third and fourth reports and recommended that governments realistically address substance abuse that is negatively affecting Indigenous communities through economic and social dysfunction.79 Findings The CTC remains concerned about elements of Working Future and its implementation. Government moves away from requiring township leases have wider implications than establishing the 20 communities as growth towns. Workable approaches to securing land tenure is already affecting the rate of home ownership and establishment of new businesses. Access to road corridors in and around growth towns is similarly affected. Progress has been made and the CTC applauds the establishment of the Program Office in DHLGRS which may help resolve land tenure matters. A range of issues remain with Working Futures implementation that the CTC wants to see addressed. 75 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, 6 December 2011, pp.24-5. 76 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, 6 March 2012, p.5. 77 For example see NTG, Ngukurr Profile, Business and Economic Opportunities, http://www.workingfuture.nt.gov.au/Territory_Growth_Towns/Ngukurr/docs/Ngukurr_profile.pdf, accessed 6 January 2012. Number current as at end of March 2012. 78 LANT, CTC, Third Report, p.48. 79 NTG, NTCGRS, Report #3, pp.58-9 and Report #4, p.86. http://www.workingfuture.nt.gov.au/Territory_Growth_Towns/Ngukurr/docs/Ngukurr_profile.pdf