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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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Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 6. Goal B: Develop Best Practice Service Delivery 81 6.6 PRODUCE FOOD ON-ISLAND In the past, communities across northern Australia including Groote Eylandt have had to be self- reliant, particularly in relation to fresh food. The Church Missionary Society established large farm-style gardens and kept livestock and was generally quite successful in suppling fresh food for the mission and the local population. With the demise of the missions also came an end to the productive gardens and the beginning of almost total reliance on imported produce. Despite many attempts and the enormous benefits that can be forthcoming from market gardens, few communities operate successful gardens. The reasons for failure are many and varied but most fail due to a lack of ownership by the community. Obtaining reasonably priced, fresh food in the region is expected to become a major problem after mining. To provide fresh food security to the general population will require market gardens to be established in all communities. They will provide the following benefits: Fresh food; Employment and training opportunities; Affordable food; Local and regional economy income streams (potentially); Improvements in community health through better nutrition; Opportunity for associated businesses and commercial enterprises. ANGURUGU A market garden is already established in Angurugu on the original mission garden site and is operated by GEAT. While it has not yet reached its full potential, the infrastructure is available to improve the productivity with minimal additional financial input. It is recommended that GEAT is supported to progress this important venture. A goal is to work towards a partnership in community management of this garden into the future. UMBAKUMBA Currently there is no established market garden in Umbakumba however there are the remnants of a former garden located at Four Mile Outstation including some mature fruit trees. With the absence of reasonable soils in the Umbakumba region and minimal quality surface water, the existing site at Four Mile Outstation still represents the best location for a market garden in this area. A full assessment of this existing area and a review of other potential sites is required.