The State Government and the Miriuwung Gajerrong people have reached agreement over an Aboriginal Development Package (ADP) to significantly improve the traditional owners’ capacity to participate in the economic development of the East Kimberley region.
Signing the agreement today Attorney General Christian Porter and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the package included State Government expenditure of $12.5million over three years.
“The package will support indigenous employment opportunities through local business development, local tenders, mentoring, vocational training and contract opportunities for indigenous businesses,” Mr Porter said.
“The ADP was a requirement of the 2005 Ord Final Agreement and is a pre-requisite to the expansion of the Ord irrigation area.
“It was included in the agreement to alleviate indigenous disadvantage in the region, which is a key priority for the Liberal-National Government.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the ADP was a welcome next step in the implementation of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project.
“The expansion project is a collaborative initiative between the State and Commonwealth governments that is aimed at creating a stronger, vibrant and sustainable regional community in the East Kimberley,” Mr Grylls said.
“This will be achieved through the expansion of the Ord irrigation area, and the establishment of social, community and common use infrastructure.”
The State Government recently appointed experienced Kununurra administrator Peter Stubbs as Director of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project.
Mr Stubbs will work locally with the Miriuwung Gajerong people to manage the initiatives and strategies and to ensure the State Government’s objectives are achieved.
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