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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 4. Vision 31 Investing in the present to build a future is about using mainstream government investment to establish a local capacity to run the Groote archipelago that will remain in a post-mining era. There is a specific range of opportunity to develop a local workforce to deliver appropriate education curriculums (bilingual) in independent community schools, and to establish a residential college to work with year five and six students. Anticipating the increased level of Machado Joseph Disease occurrence, a doubling of the aged population and caring for those with chronic diseases will require a matching increase in appropriate infrastructure and a family-based trained workforce. Anindilyakwa people do not want to leave the island to deal with these problems. They want to remain on their country and to be cared for by their own. Government investment needs to be targeted within the Groote archipelago rather than in capital cities as a more cost effective and appropriate response. Housing (maintenance, refurbishments, new housing), municipal services and the capacity to look after key infrastructure provides another suite of opportunities to develop a self-sufficient capacity into the future. This document also looks to the long term opportunity to link with major private sector investment to develop a low carbon economy. This will potentially include developing large scale solar farms to create cheap power, sources of bio-diesel for off-road vehicles and heavy machinery and a switch to electric-powered marine and land transport systems. The opportunity for a clan-based workforce to establish a carbon credit-financed regime of early season savannah burning is already being negotiated with the private sector. The growing of fresh food in the Groote archipelago rather than the reliance upon barge transport from capital cities will also reduce costs and provide more employment and address the current levels of poor health. Historically, Groote was exploited by its northern Maccassan neighbours as a source of sea products prior to European occupation. The recently released Federal Governments White Paper on Asia has identified the future opportunities for Australia to align its future economy with Asias inevitable economic rise and associated massive demand for supply. The Groote archipelago is clearly in a strong position to take advantage of this. It is the view of this Strategic Plan that it is imperative to explore and establish, over the next 15 years, a large-scale aquaculture industry capable of replacing the current reliance on mining royalty income. It recommends the investment of current royalty income into the establishment of an aquaculture export industry to Asia. Already, small scale trepang industries are being established and others proposed. They should be supported by ALCs economic arm, GEBIE, and by GEAT. The ALC Ranger program has already identified the possible viability of clam meat in trials to the north of the archipelago. The ALC is currently working with market researchers to identify the largest aquaculture opportunities for Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island. Create pathways for youth to stand in both worlds focuses on culture-based enterprises as a key way to engage youth within the education, training and employment system. It utilises