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Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights



Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights

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2013-14 Budget 12 Regional Highlights East Arnhem The East Arnhem region covers East Arnhem Land and includes the neighbouring Groote Eylandt and Elcho Island, with the major population centres of Nhulunbuy and Alyangula. Access for travellers and freight is mainly by air or sea as roads to the region cross very difficult terrain. The East Arnhem region has a population of about 16 100, of whom more than 60percent are Indigenous. The main centre, Nhulunbuy, has a population of around 4400 people. East Arnhems population is relatively young and dispersed, with 45percent aged 24 years and under and about 2.0percent aged 65 years and over. Mining production is the main economic activity in the region, including alumina/bauxite production and manganese. Phase 2 of the Groote Eylandt Mining Company expansion project on Groote Eylandt is currently underway and when completed will lead to a significant increase in manganese output and create additional employment opportunities in the region. Other industries in East Arnhem include buffalo farming, aquaculture and fishing. Traditional Indigenous cultural experiences, Indigenous art, and the remote and natural wilderness attract many tourists to the region. Supporting Business and Economic Development $5.87M in Territory and Commonwealth funds for CharlesDarwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and other providers to deliver qualifications to Territorians to develop new skills or build on existing skills for employment opportunities $0.2M to provide new generation geoscience data and promote mining investment $0.18M for the provision of vehicle registration and driver licensing services Safer Communities $11.8M to provide police, fire and emergency services in the East Arnhem region, including: three police stations and a further four police stations funded under Stronger Futures at Bulman, Gapuwiyak, Mutitjulu and Ramingining; one fire station; and eight volunteer groups $1.19M to provide assessment, monitoring and supervision services to communitybased clients in the Groote Eylandt and Nhulunbuy regions in line with sentences and orders issued by the courts and the Parole Board $0.61M for courts to administer justice for regional and remote communities, including Alyangula, Nhulunbuy, Numbulwar and Galiwinku. Registry services are provided through the courthouse at Nhulunbuy $70 000 for the expansion of the Elders Visiting Program, assisting offenders reintegration into the community $40 000 for the facilitation of guidance and mentoring by respected community Elders within the correctional centres under Closing the Gap Initiatives Better Schooling $46.7M for primary school education in government and nongovernment schools $16.9M for middle years education in government and nongovernment schools $16M for senior years education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in government and nongovernment schools $5.4M for preschool education in government and nongovernment schools $4.3M for early childhood programs including Families as FirstTeachers

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