First Local Decision Making Implementation Plans for Groote Archipelago signed
The first Implementation Plans under the landmark Groote Archipelago Local Decision Making Agreement were signed on 19 June 2019.
The first three priority Implementation Plans for the Groote Archipelago cover Housing, Economic Development and Law, Justice and Rehabilitation.
These Implementation Plans clearly set out steps to transition control of decision making and service delivery from the Northern Territory Government to the Anindilyakwa people and their organisations.
The Housing Implementation Plan is an agreement between the ALC, the newly established Anindilyakwa Housing Aboriginal Corporation (AHAC) and the Northern Territory Government which aims to create of a single, sustainable, diverse and culturally appropriate community housing system in the Groote Archipelago that the Anindilyakwa people control and includes:
- Support for AHAC to become a registered Community Housing Provider under the National Regulatory Framework.
- A five year, Northern Territory Government and ALC joint-funded capital works program for housing and associated infrastructure to address overcrowding, provide serviced land and upgrade existing dwellings. This also includes a significant contribution from the ALC and AHAC to run a Fixing Houses for Better Health program in all community housing.
- A commitment by the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development to progress Remote Contracting Framework Agreements for a range of housing related services with AHAC and other agreed Anindilyakwa entities.
- Progressive transition of all Northern Territory Government community housing on the Groote Archipelago to AHAC, with negotiations to take place with other relevant organisations.
The Economic Development Implementation Plan is an agreement between the ALC and Northern Territory Government and aims to create a viable, culturally rich and sustainable two-stream (diversified) economy in the Groote Archipelago. It includes:
- Endorsement of the ALC and Traditional Owner developed Future Groote Strategy as the overarching economic plan for the Groote Archipelago, which includes sector development in mining, tourism, primary industries, forestry, human services and creative industries.
- A continued focus on supporting improvements in transport, logistics and telecommunications to and from the Groote Archipelago.
- A conditional commitment to a Tropical Rock Oyster aquaculture trial at Groote Eylandt and other support in the development of aquaculture industry growth.
- A commitment to facilitated project support via the new Strategic Business Champions team for a range of existing and future projects including the Winchelsea Island mining project.
- A commitment to continue to resource the Economic Development Officer (Department of Trade, Business and Innovation) and the Regional Director – Groote Archipelago (Department of the Chief Minister) positions to continue to support the Northern Territory Government’s role and actions in the implementation of the Future Groote Strategy.
The Law, Justice and Rehabilitation Implementation Plan is an agreement between the ALC and the Northern Territory Government. The Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (GEAT) is not a party to the Implementation Plan, however will have a separate funding agreement for its capital financial contribution. The Plan aims to increase the involvement and leadership of the Anindilyakwa people in the justice system, including access to rehabilitation services and reduce the number of Anindilyakwa people in the justice system. It includes:
- A commitment to establish a Cultural Rehabilitation Centre to provide an alternative to custody for young males.
- A commitment to establishing a Law and Order Group to advise the Cultural Rehabilitation Centre, participate in Community Courts and support other community safety initiatives.
- A dedicated Project Officer to support the implementation of these initiatives.