The state government is delivering $2.25 million to expand livestock production in the far north pastoral region, delivering economic and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the funding would help return an additional 5,000km2 of pastoral land into commercial livestock production, and increase carrying capacity for livestock.
"This extension to the successful North West Indigenous Pastoral Project (NWIPP) is the first initiative funded by the Marshall Government’s new $150 million Regional Growth Fund," said Minister Whetstone.
"The Government is committed to improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities and wants to grow the number of livestock being farmed in the state, so this project achieves several goals.
"This project is a partnership between government, the Indigenous Land Corporation and businesses like BHP, OzMinerals and Enel and I commend them for their participation."
Four prominent Aboriginal landholder groups are participating in the project - the Kokatha Pastoral Pty Ltd, Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, AMY Nominees Pty Ltd, and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY).
"Returning this land back into production pays dividends in multiple ways as businesses are able to buy or agist more livestock, create employment, improve land and natural resource management and enhance economic returns coming out of the pastoral zone," said Minister Whetstone.
"The Marshall Liberal Government recognises the importance of delivering primary industries training, employment and long-term business outcomes for Aboriginal people in the far north.
"This new $2.25 million funding injection into the project aims to add 50 more trainee pastoral workers who will be able to learn lifelong work and business skills.
"The Regional Growth Fund is up and running and we are getting money out the door to achieve real outcomes for South Australia."
Participating businesses have developed comprehensive business and property plans under the project, which incorporate cultural and environmental values.
ILC Chairman Eddie Fry welcomed the SA Government’s commitment to the NWIPP project as it will attract further investment to realise the potential of Indigenous-held land.
"We are proud to be in partnership with the SA Government and their ongoing support means that work can continue to build the productivity and sustainability of valuable Indigenous-held properties to continue to derive Indigenous benefits such as training, employment and enterprise development," said Mr Fry.