Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory

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Tiwi Land Council wanted More Govt $ for Disgraceful failure -300 sq km of Acacia Mangium Weeds- But No Go –

Posted by tiwiccbb on March 19, 2010

Tiwi jobs dream dashed by funding knock-back

By Phoebe Stewart

Updated Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:05pm AEDT

A forest plantation on the Tiwi Islands.

The Tiwi Land Council says it needs funding to keep the plantation going.

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A plan to create hundreds of jobs on the Tiwi Islands and resurrect the collapsed Great Southern plantations project has been scuttled by a funding knock-back.

The Tiwi Land Council’s Andrew Tipungwuti says the Tiwi Islands have asked for funding from the Aboriginal Benefits Account to keep thirty workers to maintain the plantation over the next four years.

He says the funds would also have been used to hire an extra 180 local workers to harvest trees.

He says the Tiwi people are disappointed the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin, has not stepped in.

“We’re trying to secure the lives of the Tiwis but unfortunately it didn’t fall in our favour,” he said.

“Maybe the minister thinking that economic development isn’t such a good thing on Aboriginal communities.

“We’ve just been told the funding has been declined by the minister, there has been no apparent reason for it.

“Overall it’s just disappointing.”

A media release from Ms Macklin’s office said the Tiwi Plantations Corporation had asked for funding while they sought private investment but the commercial risks involved in the forestry project were substantial and best left to the private sector to assess and manage

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