The successful North West Indigenous Pastoral Project will receive an additional $1.5 million over two years to employ more Aboriginal pastoral trainees and lift the commercial production capabilities of several Aboriginal-owned properties in the State’s far north-west.
The State Budget funding will support the employment of up to 20 Aboriginal pastoral trainees, contribute to the repair and development of property infrastructure, and help to implement property management plans and transition existing pastoral trainees to independent employment.
The funding will also help cover the cost of technical support, which is helping the Aboriginal property-owners to increase grazing productivity and improve management practices.
The North West Indigenous Pastoral Project – supported by Primary Industries and Regions SA – began in 2015 supported by $1.4 million from the $10 million Jobs Accelerator Fund. In its first 12 months, the project employed around 15 full-time Aboriginal pastoral workers and took key steps towards returning five significant Aboriginal-owned properties to commercial production.
The project is run in partnership with the Indigenous Land Council and supported through collaborations with BHP Billiton and Native Title Services.
The five properties under the North West Indigenous Pastoral Project are Andamooka, Purple Downs, and Roxby Downs stations (Kokatha Pastoral Pty Ltd); Emeroo Station (Bungala Aboriginal Corporation); Mabel Creek Station (AMY Nominees) and parts of the APY Lands.
Quotes attributable to Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher
This project continues to be an outstanding example of collaboration by its many stakeholders. It’s through their combined efforts that this project is helping to increase Aboriginal participation in primary industries, and in driving the State’s economic prosperity.
The North West Indigenous Pastoral Project is a key priority for the new Aboriginal Partnership Unit in PIRSA, which has been created to help build on these successful partnerships and projects and help deliver even greater employment and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and the State.
Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
After a great first 12 months which delivered some very clear and commendable results, it’s fantastic to be able to support the North West Indigenous Pastoral Project with an additional $1.5 million.
Supporting the Aboriginal owners to return these significant properties to being productive and profitable means real long-term benefits to the Aboriginal communities and wider region, and the South Australian economy.