The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a small country in Western Australia that is home to the Torres Strait Islander people.
Indigenous people in the ACT are the second largest ethnic group in the country and have traditionally been the most disadvantaged.
They are the poorest of all Australian groups, with average annual household income below the national average.
This has left many communities feeling alienated from the wider Australian community.
In recent years, Indigenous communities have become increasingly concerned about the state of their communities, with increasing social unrest and violent crime.
In response to these concerns, Indigenous leaders have been working with the Commonwealth Government and Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, to build a more holistic approach to addressing the issues facing Aboriginal communities.
While many Aboriginal communities have made significant gains in recent years through the introduction of the $20 bill, there is still much work to be done.
For example, there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the role of the state government in Indigenous affairs, the effectiveness of funding and infrastructure projects for Aboriginal communities, and the long-term role of community organisations in community-building.
Here are some of the key issues that Indigenous leaders in the NT have raised to the government: 1.
The role of Indigenous communities in building and managing infrastructure: The NT’s infrastructure was built in large part with Indigenous input and support.
Since the 1960s, a series of government-backed projects have provided much-needed, state-of-the-art infrastructure for people living in remote communities.
This is evident in many areas of the NT, such as the Highway of Tears, which was built as a bridge across the River Gungahlin to accommodate the flood of the 1930s.
This massive undertaking was undertaken to accommodate an estimated 3.3 million people.
While this infrastructure is well-designed and has proven to be of great value to Indigenous people, there remains significant work to do to ensure it continues to be an asset for Aboriginal people.
For instance, the Highway is one of the only public infrastructure projects to receive funding from the federal government.
Yet the NT’s Infrastructure Commission (IC) has recently released a report that warns that funding for the project is not being distributed efficiently.
This report highlights the fact that funding is currently being spent on a “slush fund” that has not been allocated to any project of significant public value.
This fund was allocated to the “Tiny Road Project” to fund the construction of the road through the remote area.
This road has proven extremely difficult to construct, with many communities finding it too difficult to get around, even in a remote area, because of the difficulty of accessing land and access to water.
For many Indigenous communities, access to the land and water is not a priority, and so, despite the government’s assurances to Aboriginal communities that it will be able to provide access to land and resources, there has been little progress in securing adequate funding.
This lack of funding is leading to increased crime, particularly drug dealing, as well as increased crime rates for Indigenous people.
The Indigenous community-centred approach to infrastructure projects: While the NT government has taken some steps to address the issues of crime and crime-related deaths, many communities still struggle to access the necessary resources for safe and sustainable infrastructure projects.
While the Federal Government has invested $200 million into the Highway and the Highwayway of Tears projects, there have been no meaningful projects for the past five years.
The NT Government has also announced the creation of the Indigenous Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IICAC), a government-led taskforce tasked with reviewing the development of infrastructure projects in remote areas and addressing their needs.
However, these recommendations are currently being implemented in a very limited manner.
In fact, the IICAC is just one of many recommendations the government has made to address these issues.
While funding for infrastructure projects is clearly an important priority, the NT Government must also take action to ensure that Indigenous communities are properly involved in the planning and construction of infrastructure.
The government must work with Indigenous communities to develop a holistic approach that considers the impact of the projects on the communities and their people.
The lack of a cohesive Indigenous-led response to the ongoing violence: The Government’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, which is currently reviewing the Highway, has found that there are significant concerns with the government-funded infrastructure in remote Indigenous communities.
In a recent report, the Committee highlighted the lack of leadership and coordination from Indigenous groups in Indigenous communities and recommended that the Government “implement a cohesive and community-led Indigenous-dominated infrastructure response.”
In other words, Indigenous organisations and leaders should be given greater say in the development and delivery of infrastructure, and a higher level of responsibility in the process.
In addition, the Government must consider what measures can be taken to ensure Indigenous communities’ voices are heard in the construction and management of infrastructure and services.
The failure of the government to provide adequate funding to Indigenous communities: The government has not provided sufficient funding to address any of the issues raised by the Committee in its recent report. The