Local Implementation Plan Umbakumba

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Artist Acknowledgement

Artists: Steven Bara and Felicity Wanambi

Steven and Felicity have painted Groote Eylandt Totems—Green Turtle (yimuwarraka) belong to the Mamarika, Amagula, Wurrmarrba and Durilla clans. Dugong (dingungkwulangwa) belongs to the Bara and Jaragba clans who gave permission for the resort to be built on their land. Batfish (dirrirra) is Felicity’s totem. Tiger Shark (bankwuja) belongs to the Durilla, Mamarika and Amagula clans. The tiger shark is the creator of the Umbakumba Bay. Queenfish (dingadumaraja) these fish are a favorite food sauce for the people of Groote Eylandt. Stingray {amarbirra} belongs to the Yantarrnga, Wurragwagwa, Maminyamanja and Lalara Clans. The stingrays helped the sawfish to create the Angurugu River; they panned out the sand as the sawfish cut his way through. Curlew {wurruwurajirra} belongs to Bara and Jaragba clans.

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Introduction

Closing the Gap In Umbakumba

The Australian, Northern Territory and Local Governments, communities and private enterprise are working together to reduce Indigenous disadvantage. In recognition that outcomes for Indigenous Australians remain below those of non-Indigenous Australians, the Council of Australian Governments has agreed to implement the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery.

This agreement is a long-term, generational commitment based on delivering coordinated, targeted and accelerated development in Indigenous communities, and it changes the way governments invest in remote areas. The agreement takes a direct approach to improving conditions. This includes engaging directly with the communities on delivering improvements. It also involves clear accountability for who does what, where and by when, backed up by rigorous monitoring and reporting.

Umbakumba is one of the 29 remote Indigenous communities across Australia where this approach is being started through Local Implementation Plans. The Umbakumba Local Implementation Plan sets out the priorities for the Umbakumba community and includes targets, actions, success measures and timelines for achieving those priorities. Umbakumba is part of the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Agreement, which is already achieving positive outcomes in the community. The Umbakumba Local Implementation Plan is based on the Regional Partnership Agreement and will allow the new Council of Australian Governments commitments to operate consistently with that framework. If there are any differences between this plan and the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Regional Partnership Agreement will prevail.

The Regional Partnership Agreement was developed through close consultation between governments and the Umbakumba community, through the Anindilyakwa Land Council. Its aim is to achieve sustainable and measurable improvements for people living in the Anindilyakwa region. It sets out how government, the community and the Groote Eylandt Mining Company will work together to coordinate services and deliver initiatives in response to locally identified needs.

All parties have made significant contributions to the Regional Partnership Agreement, which represents well over $80 million of collective investment. The Anindilyakwa Land Council has committed to projects totalling over $14 million to be provided from royalty equivalent income.

The Regional Partnership Agreement represents a longstanding commitment for governments, the Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and communities to work together in Umbakumba. It incorporates the following principles, signed by all parties on 9 November 2006: a recognition of the need for all parties to strengthen effort to address the full extent of Indigenous disadvantage, a spirit of cooperation, partnership and shared responsibility, an acknowledgement of the need to build the economic independence of the people in the region, a focus on priorities agreed at the  regional level, a willingness by government to be flexible and innovative, a commitment to improvements in accountability and performance monitoring by all parties, a desire to achieve clarity of responsibility for service delivery and increased effectiveness across the three levels of government, an understanding that greater certainty and stability in funding arrangements, including multiyear funding agreements, can facilitate more effective planning and service delivery mechanisms, and a recognition of the need to build capacity and strengthen governance.

This Local Implementation Plan focuses on the Umbakumba community, and a separate Local Implementation Plan focuses on Angurugu. These Local Implementation Plans will be managed slightly differently to those in other Remote Service Delivery communities. The Regional Partnership Committee will be the main monitoring and decision-making body, rather than the Northern Territory Remote Service Delivery Board of Management. This Local Implementation Plan will be reviewed after twelve months to ensure that new opportunities under Remote Service Delivery can be incorporated.

Closing the Gap Building Blocks

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to six specific targets to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage, outlined below. These targets are underpinned by seven building blocks—priority areas where action is required. Improvements in one area will affect results in other areas. In signing the Regional Partnership Agreement Stage 2, the communities of Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra identified two additional areas where action is required to effect meaningful, long-term change: planning and infrastructure and youth, sport and recreation.

Additional Regional Partnership Agreement Priority Areas

COAG Targets Building Blocks Achieving COAG Targets

Ensure all Indigenous four-year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years.

Halve the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade.

Close the gap in life expectancy within a generation.

Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade.

 

For an equal start in life, Indigenous children need early learning, development and socialisation opportunities. Access to high-quality early childhood education and care services—including preschool, child care and family support services such as parenting programs—is critical. Facilities and infrastructure, a sustainable early childhood education and health workforce, learning frameworks and opportunities for parental engagement are also important and require attention. Action on maternal, antenatal and early childhood health will help close the gap in child mortality as well as in early childhood development.

 

Education is the key to future opportunity. Schooling that responds to Indigenous education priorities requires attention to infrastructure, teacher and school leader supply and quality, curriculum, student literacy and numeracy achievement, opportunities for parental engagement, and school-community partnerships. Transition pathways into schooling and into work, and post-school education and training are also important. So are lifelong learning and the development of adult literacy and numeracy skills.

 

Access to effective, comprehensive primary and preventative health care is essential to improving Indigenous Australians’ health and life expectancy and reducing excess mortality from chronic disease. All health services play an important role in providing Indigenous people with access to effective health care. These services need to be responsive to government and community health priorities and accountable for achieving them. Closing the Indigenous health gap requires intense efforts in preventing, managing and treating chronic disease. Indigenous children and their parents need to use programs and services that promote healthy lifestyles.

 

A healthy home is a fundamental precondition of a healthy population. Important contributors to the current unsatisfactory living conditions include inadequate water and sewerage systems, waste collection, electricity and housing infrastructure (including design, availability and maintenance). Children need to live in houses that are free from overcrowding and provide the infrastructure they need for good hygiene and study.

Halve the gap in employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.

Halve the gap for Indigenous students in rates of Year 12 or equivalent attainment by 2020.

  Indigenous people and communities should be able to benefit from the mainstream economy. This includes real jobs, business opportunities, economic independence and wealth creation. Economic participation needs to extend to disadvantaged job seekers and those outside the labour market. Access to land and native title can be leveraged to secure practical benefits for Indigenous people. Economic participation also needs other financial assets, capacity building, employment and training programs, incentive structures, and infrastructure such as communications and transport. Through economic participation, adults can become good role models for their family and community. The design and delivery of welfare (transfer payments and services) needs to encourage active engagement, greater capability and positive social norms. Ensuring that communities have support to overcome barriers to engagement such as problem gambling is critical.
  Indigenous men, women and children need to be safe from violence, abuse and neglect. Meeting this need involves improving family and community safety through law and justice responses (including accessible and effective policing and an accessible justice system), victim support (including safe houses and counselling), child protection, and preventative measures. Addressing related problems such as alcohol and substance abuse is critical to improving community safety as well as improving health.
  Strong Indigenous leadership is needed to champion and demonstrate ownership of reform. Effective governance arrangements in communities and organisations, as well as strong engagement by governments at all levels, are essential for long-term sustainable results. Indigenous people need to engage in developing reforms that will affect them. They need greater opportunities to build capacity in governance and leadership in order to play a greater role in exercising their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

 

Priority area Building Blocks Rationale (from the Regional Partnership Agreement)

Planning and Infrastructure

 

The region also requires supporting infrastructure and effective town planning to ensure sustainable growth of townships. Land tenure reform through the township lease will continue to facilitate investment and growth.

Youth, Sport and Recreation

 

Additionally, the success of the Australian Football League program in Stage 1 of the Regional Partnership Agreement highlights the significant return on investment that can be achieved through high-quality youth, sport and recreation initiatives. The Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra Youth Unit and the East Arnhem Shire Council also operate successful youth, sport and recreation programs in the region. Through the Regional Partnership Agreement parties will work together to further support the aspirations of young people in the region and deliver effective and coordinated sport and recreation programs.

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Regional Partnership Agreement

The Regional Partnership Agreement—Umbakumba Local Implementation Plan enables government, the community and the Groote Eylandt Mining Company to reset their relationship through a partnership aimed at improving conditions and services in Umbakumba. This page explains the structures for the partnership.

Regional Partnership Committee

The Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Committee makes sure the parties to the Regional Partnership Agreement are working well together to achieve the objectives of the regional partnership. It includes representatives of all the parties—the Anindilyakwa Land Council, Australian Government, Northern Territory Government, East Arnhem Shire Council and Groote Eylandt Mining Company. The functions of the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Committee are set out in Clause 4 of the Regional Partnership Agreement.

The Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Committee is the main way Umbakumba consults and negotiates with government.

Local Reference Group

The Anindilyakwa Land Council consulted extensively with all the communities on Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island before they signed the Regional Partnership Agreement. They put Umbakumba’s community priorities into the Regional Partnership Agreement and made sure that projects were delivered in partnership with the community.

To make sure that the people of Umbakumba have an even stronger voice in the way government services and programs are delivered in Umbakumba, the Umbakumba Local Reference Group will be established. Its members will include people from across the different clans, genders, age groups, areas of expertise and other interests in Umbakumba.

The Umbakumba Local Reference Group will have a voice in new projects under this Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan, and will partner with government, the Anindilyakwa Land Council and the Groote Eylandt Mining Company to deliver them. The Government Business Manager, Indigenous Engagement Officer and Anindilyakwa Land Council will support the Local Reference Group.

Government Business Manager and Indigenous Engagement Officer

The Government Business Manager is the contact person for liaison between the community and government and also: helps with community planning and agreement making, helps with service coordination on the ground, involves service providers such as non-governmental organisations in the Local Implementation Plan process, and reports on Local Implementation Plan progress to government and the community.

The Indigenous Engagement Officer is an Indigenous person from the local area whose job is to: support the community in its consultations and negotiations with government, ensure government engages with the community in a culturally appropriate way, and help the Umbakumba Local Reference Group raise concerns with the Government Business Manager.

Together the Government Business Manager and the Indigenous Engagement Officer are a Single Government Interface for the community. They help people in Umbakumba understand government programs and services, and help government understand community issues and priorities.

For Stage 2 of the Regional Partnership Agreement, government has agreed that the Government Business Manager and Indigenous Engagement Officer at Umbakumba will work within the Regional Partnership Agreement framework.

At the same time, the Government Business Manager and Indigenous Engagement Officer, together with the Regional Partnership Committee, will work to ensure the Umbakumba Local Implementation Plan aligns with the Regional Partnership Agreement and that Umbakumba is not left out of the National Remote Service Delivery framework.

Regional Operations Centre and Board of Management

Umbakumba’s Government Business Manager and Indigenous Engagement Officer are supported by the Regional Operations Centre in Darwin and by the Regional Partnership Committee secretariat.

The whole-of-government regionally based operation centre, located in Darwin, is supported by locally based staff from agencies of the Northern Territory and Australian Government. The Regional Operations Centre works across government with local Indigenous people and other stakeholders to develop Local Implementation Plans and ensure that they are implemented in a timely and accountable way.

The Regional Operations Centre reports to the Northern Territory Remote Service Delivery Board of Management. The Board of Management is a partnership consisting of senior officials from both governments and from the shires responsible for providing oversight and guidance on the implementation of the Remote Service Delivery policy.

However, for Umbakumba the main governance group remains the Regional Partnership Committee because all parties to the Regional Partnership Agreement are represented on it.

Umbakumba Local Implementation Plan Process

How the plan developed

The Umbakumba Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan is based on the commitments already agreed in the Regional Partnership Agreement Stage 2. Details of these are in Schedule A. Within the Regional Partnership Agreement framework, Schedule A will be monitored regularly, and will be reviewed, updated, amended and expanded as needed—but the commitments in the Regional Partnership Agreement Stage 2 cannot be compromised.

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments, with assistance from Shire Councils, surveyed conditions in Umbakumba to get baseline mapping data. This information identifies the Umbakumba community’s needs and is the starting point for measuring the results from the Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan. A summary of the baseline mapping data for Umbakumba is in Schedule B.

Start and finish dates

The Umbakumba Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan runs from 10 November 2009 to 30 June 2014.

The Regional Partnership Committee will: make sure the actions in the plan are happening, assess progress against the time frames and actions in Schedule A, and resolve any concerns if actions are not happening.

The Umbakumba Local Reference Group will: recommend any new priorities to the  Regional Partnership Committee, keeping  the community well informed, recommend any changes to the plan that  are needed to meet targets and remove barriers to progress, and meet regularly and provide regular  information back to the community.

Reviewing the plan

The Regional Partnership Agreement outlines the arrangements for performance measurement and evaluation. They include an independent evaluation by 2011 and an annual review by the Regional Partnership Committee to make sure that it can respond to the changing needs, gaps and priorities for Umbakumba.

The Umbakumba Local Reference Group will be involved in these processes.

Reviewing progress

The Regional Partnership Committee monitors the progress of the Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan commitments. The committee secretariat is based in Darwin and asks all of the agencies to report on their commitments every three months.

The Government Business Manager provides a report on progress under the plan to the Regional Operations Centre and the Regional Partnership Committee secretariat regularly. If the Local Reference Group sees any issues, these will go into the report to make sure the Regional Partnership Committee knows about them.

The Regional Partnership Committee will provide an annual report to the community on how the commitments in the Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan have been achieved. It will review progress on the plan and ensure that the commitments in Schedule A are met.

The Office of the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services and the Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services oversee planning and investment in communities and advise government on good practice. They provide an independent overview of Local Implementation Plan progress and alert the responsible agency to gaps, delays or needs for improvement to ensure it meets its commitments. If there are any concerns about the way the Regional Partnership Agreement—Local Implementation Plan is being implemented, they need to go to the Regional Partnership Committee for consideration.

Addressing concerns

The Regional Partnership Agreement outlines the process for addressing concerns, which can be lodged by any member of the Regional Partnership Committee. If the committee cannot resolve the concern it can appoint an independent adviser to recommend a solution.

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About Umbakumba

History

The Anindilyakwa were traditionally hunter-gatherers. Anindilyakwa myths describe huge lizards, snakes and other reptilian creatures who lived in waterholes, and the Anindilyakwa performed ceremonies in the hope of pleasing these creatures so that they might be safe to go near the waterholes. Traditional Anindilyakwa belief holds that Yandarrnga, or Central Hill, the highest point on the island, was originally on the mainland and travelled across, bringing some plants and animals with ‘him’.

The Umbakumba community started in 1938 as a base for trepanging and as a service point for Qantas flying boats. During World War II it was a service point for the Royal Australian Air Force flying boat base. After the war, the Church Missionary Society ran Umbakumba as a mission until 1966, when it was taken over by the Australian Government. The first local council began in 1982. This was absorbed into the East Arnhem Shire Council in 2008, when Umbakumba became part of the East Arnhem Shire and the Shire Council took over local government.

The Groote Eylandt economy changed dramatically when manganese was discovered near Angurugu. The Church Missionary Society and BHP agreed on royalty payments to allow mining. In 1964 the Groote Eylandt Mining Company was granted leases on the island, and the first shipments of manganese ore left in 1966. Groote Eylandt now produces over three million tonnes of manganese ore each year.

Mining employs many Indigenous people, however, to secure the island’s economic future, the traditional owners—through the Anindilyakwa Land Council and with Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises—have started the Dugong Beach Resort and other culture-based tourism businesses.

Groote Eylandt became Aboriginal freehold land in 1976. The Groote Eylandt archipelago became an Indigenous Protected Area in 2006.

Population

The population of Umbakumba and its surrounds in 2006 was approximately 459, of whom 434 were Indigenous (94 per cent). In 2006, nearly half the Indigenous population (44 per cent) was aged under 20.

The Indigenous population of Umbakumba and its surrounds is projected to increase from 434 people in 2006 to 589 in 2026, an increase of 36 per cent. The number of Indigenous people aged 15 to 64 (the working age population) is projected to increase from 281 to 383 over this period. The number of Indigenous people aged over 50 is expected to increase by 146 per cent over this period, from 44 people in 2006 to 108 people in 2026.

The changing size and composition of the Indigenous population in Umbakumba will increase the need for housing, employment opportunities, and aged care and health services.

These numbers are based on the 2006 census, adjusted using Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates as the census under-counted Indigenous populations. It is recognised that this may not be an accurate assessment of the current population.

The Anindilyakwa Land Council will survey all households in Umbakumba in 2010 to get accurate numbers.

Languages

Anindilyakwa is the language of the communities of Groote Eylandt. Umbakumba also has a number of Yolnu Matha speakers.

Clan groups

Umbakumba is in the traditional lands of the Warinindilyakwa people. Groote Eylandt’s Indigenous population has 14 clan groups, which make up the two moieties on Groote Eylandt. The Anindilyakwa-speaking clans maintain their traditions and have strong ties with the people in the community of Numbulwar and on Bickerton Island.

Traditional owners

The traditional owners of Umbakumba are the Mamarika clan.

Land Council

The Anindilyakwa Land Council represents the Aboriginals of the Groote Eylandt archipelago. It is responsible for matters under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. This includes:  checking, representing and responding to the wishes and opinions of local Indigenous people about legislation, tourism, development and commercial activities that affect traditional land, helping traditional landowners claim, manage and protect the land, and being the first point of contact between Groote Eylandt traditional landowners and the Groote Eylandt Mining Corporation on all land-related issues and the payment of royalties.

Stage 2 of the Regional Partnership Agreement includes governance development plans for the Anindilyakwa Land Council and Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises. These will help to strengthen local governance and leadership.

Umbakumba traditional owners have negotiated a whole-of-township lease with the Australian Government to support the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program, home ownership and economic development. The Executive Director of Township Leasing, who administers the lease, must act on the advice of the Traditional Owner Consultative Forum on any decisions involving land use.

Local Government

The East Arnhem Shire Council provides local government in Umbakumba, which is one of the two major communities in the Anindilyakwa Ward. The Anindilyakwa Ward elects three of the 12 Shire Council members. The Shire’s headquarters are in Nhulunbuy and Darwin (both outside the Shire service delivery area), and it has a service delivery centre in Umbakumba.

The Shire Services Manager, in cooperation with the Community Liaison Officer, consults local people through the Local Board. The five board members are strong people from the community and generally represent all community groups and interests.

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Early Childhood Highlights

The protection of children is everybody’s responsibility. It is the duty of all government and non-government workers and community members to identify and report children they believe may be at risk of harm or neglect. The community is keen to encourage parental involvement in early childhood activity programs.

Getting the best possible start in life will assist the next generation of Anindilyakwa children to achieve their full potential. The Baseline Community Profile in Stage 1 of the Regional Partnership Agreement highlighted the need to improve school readiness and other early childhood outcomes.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • A Women’s Council has been set up and is working on priorities in Umbakumba. Umbakumba also has a Strong Women’s Centre.
  • The community has a playgroup.
  • The Families as First Teachers program helps to engage families in school.
  • The Umbakumba crèche is very well attended and valued in the community.

Desired community outcomes

  • Coordinate all the programs better and consult more with local people about their needs.
  • Improve the supporting infrastructure for the crèche.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will provide for at least two Indigenous traineeships in early childhood services.
  • The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs will provide funding, over three years, for the Indigenous Parenting Support Service and Communities for Children playgroup service.

More details of Umbakumba’s early childhood priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Schooling Highlights

Closing the gap in educational outcomes is a big priority for families in Umbakumba. The New Opportunities, New Responsibilitiesreview of education needs in the region highlights the need to better support the educational aspirations of Anindilyakwa families.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • A review of education needs was completed in 2009 in consultation with the community.
  • Governments, schools and the community are working hard to address the recommendations of the report.
  • The Northern Territory Government has agreed it is important for teachers to live in the community, and is building eight new houses so that they can.

Desired community outcomes

  • Build staff housing in the community so that teachers can live where they work, and encourage them to engage with the community.
  • Establish a board of management that includes local community members so that they can have a say in how the schools are run.
  • Bring all four schools in the region under the same operating framework.
  • Take immediate steps to improve school attendance.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Establish a taskforce to identify and act upon agreed timeframes and resources required for the implementation of the New Opportunities, New Responsibilitiesreport.
  • The Northern Territory Department of Education and Training to construct eight teacher dwellings in Umbakumba to enable teachers to live in the communities where they work.

More details of Umbakumba’s schooling priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Health Highlights

The parties to the Regional Partnership Agreement have agreed to work together to improve primary health care services and oral health outcomes and continue to support the work of the Machado Joseph Disease Foundation.

The Umbakumba health centre provides medical and public health services and access to visiting doctors and specialists.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • A new health centre will be built in Umbakumba as part of Stage 2 of the Regional Partnership Agreement.
  • The Machado Joseph Disease Foundation works hard to support sufferers of Machado Joseph Disease and their families and carers.
  • Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises and the Northern Territory Government have agreed to fluoridate the Umbakumba water supply.
  • The Groote Eylandt Mining Company has agreed to provide support for visiting medical staff, new ambulances and equipment.
  • An experienced and long-term committed team of health professionals and access to regular doctors, dentists and health specialists.

Desired community outcomes

  • Machado Joseph Disease
  • Encourage all stakeholders to work together through the Machado Joseph Disease Memorandum of Understanding to improve care and support services related to the disease.
  • Develop an implementation plan for the memorandum of understanding that is agreed to by all parties and provides real support to people with Machado Joseph Disease.

Oral health

  • Arrange for a full-time dentist to come to Groote Eylandt. The Anindilyakwa Land Council is arranging this.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Enterprises to fund a fluoride treatment plant; the Northern Territory Government will provide funding for ongoing operation.
  • Cooperation and funding to provide care and support services for Machado Joseph Disease clients, their families and carers.

More details of Umbakumba’s health priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Healthy Homes Highlights

Umbakumba is a priority region for new housing and essential infrastructure to reduce overcrowding and improve living conditions. The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement. Others may be added as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • Under the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program and as a result of the township lease, Umbakumba will get new, upgraded and renovated housing in consultation with the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program Working Group.
  • The township lease has opened up opportunities for home ownership. Government has agreed to support these opportunities with special programs to help people to buy their homes in Umbakumba.
  • Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises operate a construction company, Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises Civil and Construction. Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises Civil and Construction and Aminjarrinja Aboriginal Corporation are key partners in the new housing work. As many local people as possible will be employed and trained in the programs.

Desired community outcomes

Building

  • Complete the new housing works in genuine partnership with the community.
  • Continue to explore ways for local businesses to be supported through the construction work and refurbishments.

Tenancy arrangements

  • Fully engage the community to promote understanding of tenancy, leasing and rental agreements.
  • When the new houses are built, provide regular home inspections, reliable and responsive maintenance, fair rent, pest control and a home skills training program.
  • Make sure tenants agree to keep the houses clean, pay rent, avoid overcrowding and report damage.

Home ownership

  • Make sure the government’s policy on buying a house that has been built or refurbished through the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program is clear.
  • Help people in the Umbakumba community understand what it means to buy a house.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Eighteen new houses to be constructed in Umbakumba through the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program. Commitment for people at Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra to have access to the Home Ownership on Indigenous Land program through Indigenous Business Australia.

More details of Umbakumba’s healthy homes priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Economic Participation Highlights

Job and small business opportunities in Umbakumba are increasing, with major township housing projects about to start and growth occurring in other industries such as mining. Enabling local people to take up these opportunities is very important to the community.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

There is a growing number of job opportunities in the Groote Eylandt Mining Company and in the construction industry through Aminjarrinja Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation.

The Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises Job Shop (started in December 2008) has provided a number of job placements, much-needed mentoring and pre-employment services, and has improved collaboration with local employers and the community generally.

An economic development officer has been employed for a three-year term.

The Economic Development and Employment Strategy completed in Stage 1 of the Regional Partnership Agreement identified significant small business potential, including in transport service provision.

Desired community outcomes

Local employment and training

  • Establish a local employment and economic development board so all major employers can work together to employ more local people and address the recommendations of the Economic Development and Employment Strategy.
  • Provide a training and mentoring program to help local Indigenous people get jobs with the Groote Eylandt Mining Company.

Business development

  • Build a threatened species research and education facility on Groote Eylandt.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Create a Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Local Employment and Economic Development Board.
  • The Groote Eylandt Mining Company to provide Training and Mentoring Program totalling $1.5 million for Indigenous Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island people for employment in the Groote Eylandt Mining Company.

More details of Umbakumba’s economic participation priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Safe Communities Highlights

Cannabis misuse as a barrier to employment and trigger for social issues has been raised as a priority by the community throughout the Regional Partnership Agreement, and so has the need to improve community policing. The Groote Eylandt police are based in Alyangula, are responsible for a patrol area of 45,000 km2 and are assisted by a night patrol service.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • A visiting police facility was built in Umbakumba as part of Stage 1 of the Regional Partnership Agreement.
  • The sniffer dogs in Darwin and Katherine are giving special attention to policing the supply of cannabis into Groote Eylandt.
  • The Groote Eylandt Alcohol Management Plan has been very successful in reducing alcohol-related harm in the region and is viewed as a best practice model.

Desired community outcomes

Policing

  • Make sure the Alyangula police have a strong enough presence in Umbakumba and work with the community to keep people safe.

Cannabis

  • Engage a consultant to develop a substance misuse strategy and work together to address cannabis use.

Safe places

  • Finalise leases over the safe places.

Cyclones

  • Build a public cyclone shelter for Umbakumba.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Engage a consultant to undertake a Substance Misuse Strategy.
  • Upgrade the cyclone shelter at Umbakumba.

More details of Umbakumba’s community safety priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Governanace and Leadership Highlights

Effective leadership and governance are crucial to effective service delivery and reforming relationships between the community and government agencies.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • There are some very strong leaders at Umbakumba who have achieved good things for the community including the Indigenous protected area, the alcohol management plan, the Regional Partnership Agreement and the township lease.
  • Leaders at Umbakumba have been able to participate in leadership workshops and courses.
  • There are also strong local organisations such as the Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island is also represented on the Shire Council.
  • A women’s council has been set up and is working well.
  • The Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Committee gives leaders of Groote Eylandt a seat at the table with senior people from government and allows them to raise any concerns on behalf of the people of Umbakumba.

Desired community outcomes

Training and support

  • Continue training and support for existing and emerging leaders, including opportunities to network with leaders from other communities.
  • Write a governance development plan for the Anindilyakwa Land Council and Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises to make sure members of those organisations are getting the support they need.

Consultation process

  • Streamline the process for government consultation and engagement with local governance groups—government should review all the committees that exist and talk to people about how consultation can improve.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Funding for the Governance Development Plan for the Anindilyakwa Land Council and the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises.
  • Further support for emerging leaders at Groote Eylandt.

More details of Umbakumba’s leadership and governance priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Planning and Infrastructure Highlights

Umbakumba needs infrastructure and town planning to support its continuing growth. Land tenure reform through the township lease will continue to make investment and growth easier.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

  • The township lease will allow new planning priorities and things that are important to traditional owners to be enforced in Umbakumba, through the Traditional Owner Consultative Forum.
  • Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises is a strong organisation which can invest in major projects for the benefit of the people of Umbakumba.
  • Aminjarrinja Aboriginal Corporation is another local organisation that has the capacity to undertake construction projects and engage local employees.
  • The East Arnhem Shire Council is committed to better standards of local government service delivery.
  • The Groote Eylandt Mining Company has agreed to upgrade the road to Alyangula and build a public jetty in consultation with traditional owners.

Desired community outcomes

Planning

  • Make sure that there is enough land in Umbakumba for future planning, without disrupting important sites.

Infrastructure

  • Build staff houses for government which are owned by the community and can be leased for an ongoing financial return.
  • Form a partnership between Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and East Arnhem Shire Council to improve road maintenance.
  • Seal the road between Umbakumba and Angurugu.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Seal the road from Angurugu to Umbakumba.
  • Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises to construct, using funding from royalties, agreed government staff housing at Angurugu and Umbakumba.

More details of Umbakumba’s planning and infrastructure priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Youth, Sport and Recreation Highlights

The parties to the Regional Partnership Agreement have agreed to work together to support the aspirations of young people in the region and deliver effective and coordinated sport and recreation programs.

The following community strengths and desired community outcomes have been identified through the Regional Partnership Agreement framework. Others may be identified as time goes on, with the involvement of the Umbakumba Local Reference Group.

Community strengths

The Australian Football League program set up in Stage 1 of the Regional Partnership Agreement has been very successful. Lots of local people are getting involved in the league.

The Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra Youth Diversion Unit provides a range of programs for youth in Umbakumba.

A basketball program has been set up for women in Umbakumba and is well attended. An inter-island competition is under way.

The East Arnhem Shire Council provides sport and recreation services.

Desired community outcomes

Youth

  • Engage a consultant to look at all the services, programs and infrastructure for youth in Umbakumba and make recommendations about how to improve them.
  • Set up a steering committee for all the different stakeholders to work together in supporting young people in Umbakumba.

Sport

  • Continue to support the Australian Football League program and provide funding for a trainee from Umbakumba to work with the regional development manager.
  • Build an Australian Football League club facility and get a bus to transport players between communities.
  • Take a zero-tolerance approach to violence at football matches.

Commitments

The community, Anindilyakwa Land Council, Groote Eylandt Mining Company and all levels of government have committed in the Regional Partnership Agreement to a number of actions to address the community’s priorities, including:

  • Develop and implement a youth strategy to respond to the needs of local young people.
  • Funding for the AFL Remote Regional Development Program.

More details of Umbakumba’s youth, sport and recreation priorities and actions are in Schedule A.

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Schedule A: List of Acronyms

ABA
Aboriginal Benefits Account
ACPO
Aboriginal Community Police Officer
ACW
Aboriginal Community Worker
AFL
Australian Football League
AG
Australian Government
AGD
Attorney Generals Department
AIS
Australian Interpreter Services
ALC
Anindilyakwa Land Council
ALPA
Arnhem Land Progress Association
ALRA
Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976
AMRRIC
Animal management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities
AMS
Aboriginal Medical Services
AMSANT
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
AODP
Alcohol and Other Drugs Project
ASC
Australian Sports Commission
ASM
Area Services Manager
BoM
Board of Management
BOOT/ BOOTS
Build, Own, Operate, Transfer and Support
BRACS
Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme
CA
Central Australia
CAALAS
Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service
CARH
Central Australian Remote Health
CASA
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
CAYLUS
Central Australian Youth Link Up Service
CDSC
Central Desert Shire Council
CDEP
Community Development Employment Projects
CDS
Central Desert Shire
CDU
Charles Darwin University
CEC
Community Education Centre
CEO
Catholic Education Office
CFC
Child and Families Centre
CLC
Central Land Council
CSP
Community Safety Plan
CWG
Capital Working Group
DBCDE
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
DBE
Department of Business and Employment
DCI
Department of Construction and Infrastructure
DEEWR
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
DET
Department of Education and Training
DHF
Department of Health and Families
DLP
Department of Lands and Planning
DoHA
Department of Health and Aging
DoJ
Department of Justice
DPI
Department of Planning and Infrastructure
DSEWPAC
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
DVD
Digital Versatile Disc
EA
East Arnhem
EASC
East Arnhem Shire Council
EBA
Enterprise Bargaining Agreement
EDO
Economic Development Officer
FaFT
Families as First Teachers
FaHCSIA
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
FTE
Full Time Equivalent
GBM
Government Business Manager
GEBIE
Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises
GEH
Government Employee Housing
GEMCO
Groote Eylandt Mining Company
GPNNT
General Practice Network Northern Territory
HACC
Home and Community Care
HLGRS- (RD)
Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services - Regional Development
HLGRS/ DHLGRS
Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services
HOIL
Home Ownership Indigenous Land
HRG
Housing Reference Group
HSDA
Health Service Delivery Area
IBA
Indigenous Business Association
ICT
Information and Communications Technology
IEO
Indigenous Engagement Officer
ILC
Independent Land Corporation
IPSS
Indigenous Parenting Support Service
IPWG
Infrastructure and Planning Working Group
IRSD
Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Special Account
IT
Information Technology
JSA
Job Services Australia
KWHB
Katherine West Health Board
LAB
Local Advisory Board
LGANT
Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
LIP
Local Implementation Plan
LHA
Laynhapuy Homelands Association
LHRG
Local Housing Reference Group
LLNP
Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program
LRG
Local reference group
LSP
Locational Supported Playgroups
Malabam
Malabam Health Board
MCS
Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic School
MES
Municipal Essential Services
MH
Mental Health
MJD
FOUNDATION
Machado Joseph Disease Foundation


MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MSC
McDonnell Shire Council
MSOAP
Medical Specialists Outreach Assistance Program
N/A
Not Applicable
NGO
Non Government Organisation
NLC
Northern Land Council
NPA
National Partnership Agreement
NRETAS
Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport
NRT
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
NT
Northern Territory
NTCET
Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training
NTFC
Northern Territory Families and Children
NTG
Northern Territory Government
NTIEC
Northern Territory Indigenous Education Council
NTPFES
Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services
NTPOL
Northern Territory Police
OATSIH
Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
OCPE
Office of the Commissioner of Public Employment
OLSH TCS
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic School
ORIC
Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
OTL
Office of Township Leasing
PaCE
Parents and Community Engagement
PAW Media
Pintubi, Anmatjerre, Warlpiri Media
PATS
Patient Assistance Transport Scheme
PHC
Primary Health Care
PHCM
Primary Health Care Manager
PWC/ P&W
Power Water Corporation
RAFCW
Remote Area Family and Community Workers
RGSC
Roper Gulf Shire Council
RH
Remote Housing
RHNT
Remote Housing Northern Territory
RIBS
Regional Indigenous Broadcasting Services
ROC
Regional Operations Centre
RSD
Remote Service Delivery
RTEED
Remote Training, Employment and Economic Development
SDCU
Service Delivery Coordination Unit
SEAM
School Enrolment and Attendance Measure
SIHIP
Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program
SNP
School Nutrition Program
STEP
Structured Training and Employment Projects
SWSBSC
Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture
TBA
To Be Advised
TDC
Thamarrurr Development Corporation
TIE
Transforming Indigenous Education
TISC
Tiwi Islands Shire Council
TO
Traditional Owners
TOR
Terms Of Reference
TRPA
Tanami Regional Partnership Agreement
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
VET/ VETiS
Vocational Education and Training in Schools
WAHAC BOARD
Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation Board
WASC
West Arnhem Shire Council
WG
Working Group
WETT
Warlpiri Education and Training Trust
WHO
World Health Organisation
WoG
Whole of Government
WYN BOARD
Willowra, Yuendumu, Nyirripi Health Board
YMAC
Yugul Mangi Aboriginal Corporation

Schedule A:Local Implementation Plan Priority Actions

Once approved by the Regional Partnership Committee, these Local Implementation Plan Priority Actions will be incorporated into the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Agreement through Schedule D to that Agreement.

Schedule D to the Regional Partnership Agreement reconfirms the commitment of all parties that the Regional Partnership Agreement has primacy as the vehicle for implementation of Remote Service Delivery in Angurugu and Umbakumba. The Regional Partnership Committee will remain the primary governance mechanism for Regional Partnership Agreement activities at Groote Eylandt and the Regional Partnership Agreement the primary method of coordinating government business.

Consistent with the commitments in Schedule D to the Regional Partnership Agreement, these Local Implementation Plan Priority Actions are based on Stage 2 of the Regional Partnership Agreement. New projects may be added with the endorsement of the Regional Partnership Committee, allowing the Local Implementation Plan to incorporate priorities and opportunities identified under Remote Service Delivery, while remaining consistent with the Regional Partnership Agreement framework.

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Early Childhood
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target
Number and proportion of low, normal, and high birth weight Indigenous babies Halve the gap in mortality rates for under 5’s within a decade
Timing of antenatal visits for regular clients delivering Indigenous babies Halve the gap in mortality rates for under 5’s within a decade

 

Actions agreed to for Early Childhood in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Deliver the Communities for Children playgroup service. Lead - FaHCSIA Started Jun-12
1.2 Early childhood language and literacy course. Lead - DEEWR Started Jun-12
1.3 Mentor tutor support program. Lead - DEEWR Started Jun-12
1.4 Families as First Teachers—Indigenous Parenting Support Service (FaFT-IPSS) program established. This place based integrated universal services program includes early learning and parenting support strategies. Lead - DET Supporting - FaHCSIA, DHF Started Dec-12
New actions agreed to for Early Childhood in the Local Implementation Plan, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
New actions agreed to in the Local Implementation Plan Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.5 Establish an early childhood coordinator to lead the integration of family services tailored to the Umbakumba community and its surrounding service delivery area. This will be achieved through a whole of government approach across all levels of government, non-government organisations and the community to develop and implement an integrated service model. All program content to be inclusive of Indigenous culture and link to elders. Lead - DET Supporting - LRG, EASC, Government Service Providers, DHF, NGOs and the community Started Review Jun-11
1.6 Provide universal access to preschool for every child in the year before full-time school. By 2013 the preschool program is to be delivered for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year by a four-year, university qualified early childhood teacher. The program will be accessible across a diversity of settings and in a form that meets the needs of parents.

Lead – DET

Supporting - DEEWR

Started Dec-13
1.7 Deliver the Certificate III Community Services in the workplace through the FaFT-IPSS for the local Indigenous FaFT family liaison officers and locational supported playgroup staff.

Lead - DET

Supporting - FaHCSIA

Started Dec-11
1.8 Provide purpose built creche/child care facility capable of catering for 25 children.

Lead -DET

Supporting: DEEWR, DCI, IPWG

Started Aug-11

Schooling

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Schooling
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target
Schooling enrolment and attendance Halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous children within a decade
NAPLAN participation and attainment Halve the gap for Indigenous students in year 12 equivalent attainment by 2020
Actions agreed to for Schooling in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Construct eight new teacher houses.

Lead - DET
Supporting - DCI

Started Jun-10
1.2 Establish a taskforce to implement recommendations of education review and include community in key education decisions.

Lead - DET
Supporting - DEEWR, ALC, GEMCO

Started Dec-10
1.3 Contribute up to $1 million to education reforms (across Groote Eylandt).

Lead - ALC

Nov-11 NA

Health

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Health
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target

Number of health care episodes

Close the gap in life expectancy within a generation

Number of episodes of health care and client contacts

Close the gap in life expectancy within a generation

Child oral health disease profile for 7 to 12 year olds

Close the gap in life expectancy within a generation

Actions agreed to for Health in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Implement MOU for care and support services for Machado Joseph Disease clients, families and carers (applies to all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - DHF
Supporting - MJD Foundation, EASC
Started Aug-13
1.2 Recruit MJD Coordinator (applies to all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - DHF, MJD Foundation Started Complete
1.3 Provide $200,000 for MJD projects (across Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - GEMCO Started NA
1.4 Install fluoride treatment plant for Umbakumba water supply. Lead - GEBIE
Supporting - DHF, EASC, GEMCO
ASAP Nov-11
1.5 $1 million for accommodation facilities at Angurugu aged and respite centre (subject to further discussions with stakeholders). Lead - DoHA
Supporting - GEBIE, EASC, DHF, OTL
Started Dec-11
1.6 New Umbakumba health centre, up to $6 million with co-contributions from Australian Government, NT Government and GEBIE. Lead - ALC
Supporting - DHF, DCI
Started May-11
1.7 In kind support for visiting medical staff (to all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - GEMCO
Supporting - DHF
Started Ongoing
1.8 Two new ambulances and medical equipment (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - GEMCO
Supporting - DHF
Started Jul-12

 

New actions agreed to for Health in the Local Implementation Plan, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
New action agreed to in the Local Implementation Plan Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.9 Wheelchair lift for Groote Eylandt main airport. Lead - FaHCSIA
Supporting - MJD Foundation
Started Jun-10

Healthy Homes

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Healthy Homes
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target
Condition of current housing stock  
Overall crowding rates: average per bedroom density and number houses overcrowded  

 

Actions agreed to for Healthy Homes in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Construct 18 new houses in Umbakumba. Lead - DHLGRS, FAHCSIA
Supporting - ALC
Started Dec-13
1.2 Schedule C on SIHIP negotiated and implemented. Lead - DHLGRS
Supporting - FaHCSIA, ALC
Started Nov-12
1.3 At least 75 refurbishments and rebuilds under SIHIP (across Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra). Lead - DHLGRS
Supporting - FaHCSIA, ALC
Started Dec-13
1.4 Painting of all houses. Lead - DHLGRS
Supporting - FaHCSIA, ALC
Started Dec-13
1.5 Home Ownership on Indigenous Land - first home loans issued. Lead - IBA
Supporting - FaHCSIA, OTL
Started Ongoing
1.6 Minimum 20 per cent local employment in housing construction and maintenance. Lead - DHLGRS
Supporting - FaHCSIA, ALC
Started Dec-13
1.7 Deliver integrated Money Management Services Lead - FaHCSIA Started Jun-14

Economic Participation

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Economic Participation
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target
Total employment (Indigenous/non-Indigenous) To halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.
Total employment (private/public) To halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade
Number of participants on Newstart, Youth Allowance and CDEP To halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade

 

Actions agreed to for Economic Participation in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Creation of the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Local Employment and Economic Development Board as a forum for all major employers in the region to share information and improve collaboration in enhancing sustainable employment outcomes for Anindilyakwa people. Lead - GEBIE
Supporting - GEMCO, ALC, EASC, DEEWR, DET, DHF, FaHCSIA
Started Ongoing
1.2 Provide three years funding for Economic Development Officer (one position for Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra). Lead - DEEWR
Supporting - GEBIE
Started Nov-12
1.3 Develop submission to DEEWR for Trade Training Centre (in Angurugu). Lead - DET
Supporting - GEBIE,
DEEWR, OTL
Started Nov-11
1.4 Initiate a $1.5 million training and mentoring program to employ more Groote Eylandt people in the mine. Lead - GEMCO Started Jul-15
1.5 Develop a threatened species research and education centre (near Angurugu). Lead - GEBIE
Supporting - ABA
Started Nov-11
1.6 $100,000 for threatened species research (across Groote Eylandt). Lead - GEMCO Started Jul-12

 

New actions agreed to for Safe Communities in the Local Implementation Plan, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
New action agreed to in the Local Implementation Plan Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.7 Develop Town Centre Urban Design Plan including community transport strategies. Lead – DLP
Supporting – DCI, EASC
Started Jun–11
1.8 In close coordination with the current rollout of E-health and on-line education initiatives, develop an integrated ICT strategy that covers infrastructure requirements; deployment of equipment; use of new technologies by government agencies and; access to ICT services by businesses, NGOs and local people. Lead – DBE
Supporting – RTEED
Oct–10 Ongoing
1.9 Explore partnership opportunities in the private sector, with a particular emphasis on building formal links with industries operating in the region. These partnerships could include (but not be limited to) training, employment, infrastructure and community development. Lead – DBE
Supporting – RTEED
Oct–10 Apr-11

Safe Communities

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Safe Communities
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target
As a proportion of all offences: (i) alcohol related offences (ii) drug & substance abuse related offences (iii) offences against the person  

 

Actions agreed to for Safe Communities in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Develop a substance misuse strategy (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - DoHA
Supporting - DHF, DoJ, ALC
Started Dec-10
1.2 Intensive intervention by sniffer dog unit and Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk (for all of Groote Eylandt). Lead - NTPFES
Supporting - FaHCSIA
Started Ongoing
1.3 Alyangula police to continue regular visits to Umbakumba. Lead - NTPFES
Supporting - ALC, OTL
Started Nov-10
1.4 Establish local Tasking and Coordination Group (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - NTPFES
Supporting - ALC, DoJ, FaHCSIA
Started Ongoing
1.5 Finalised community safety plan (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - NTPFES
Supporting - ALC, DoJ, FaHCSIA
Started Nov-10
1.6 Establish a public cyclone shelter. Lead - DCI Started Nov-11
New actions agreed to for Safe Communities in the Local Implementation Plan, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
New actions agreed to in the Local Implementation Plan Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.7 Establish and support NT Emergency Service volunteer units capable of reacting to known hazards for the community. Lead – NTPFES
Supporting - EASC
Started Ongoing
1.8 Maintain an all hazard response plan for Umbakumba and review or establish specific hazard response plans for the community (e.g. Cyclone Plan) as necessary. This will include ensuring adequate community education and preparedness (including public shelters where necessary) for known hazards. Lead – NTPFES
Supporting - EASC
Started Ongoing
1.9 Minimum service standards for child protection and related services will be developed in Umbakumba including an agreed program to implement these standards. Lead - DHF Started Review Jun-11
1.10 Child protection and welfare are to be considered as part of the Community Safety Plan. Lead - DOJ Feb-11 Ongoing

Governance and Leadership

Progress Output Indicators and COAG Target for Governance and Leadership
Progress Output Indicators COAG Target

Number of registered organisations under ORIC and NT Associations Act

 

 

Actions agreed to for Governance and Leadership in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Actions agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Leadership and governance training for aspiring leaders (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - ROC
Supporting - GEBIE
Started Ongoing
1.2 Governance Development Plan for ALC and GEBIE (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - ALC
Supporting - FaHCSIA
Started Jun-11
1.3 Governance mapping project (for Angurugu and Umbakumba). Lead – DHLGRS
Supporting- ROC
Started Dec-10

Planning and Infrastructure

Actions agreed to for Planning and Infrastructure in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Action agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Town Plan (Area Plan and Zoning Map) approved by Minister. Lead - DLP Started Aug-10
1.2 GEBIE constructs government staff housing in return for economic rent arrangements. Lead - GEBIE
Supporting - DBE
Started Nov-11
1.3 Seal Angurugu to Umbakumba Road. Lead - DLP
Supporting - GEBIE, ABA
Apr-11 Dec-11
1.4 Agree words for EASC subleases regarding standards of service delivery. Lead - OTL, EASC Started Complete
1.5 Provide road maintenance for arterial roads totalling $50,000 per year (across Groote Eylandt). Lead - GEMCO Started Jul-14

Youth, Sport and Recreation

Actions agreed to for Youth, Sport and Recreation in the Regional Partnership Agreement, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
Action agreed to in the Regional Partnership Agreement Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.1 Deliver women’s basketball program (across Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - PM&C Started Jun-10
1.2 Develop and implement a youth strategy (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - FaHCSIA
Supporting - GEBIE, EASC, NTRETAS, DoHA, DEEWR
Started Dec-10
1.3 $150,000 sponsorship for Poly Farmer Foundation (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - GEMCO Started Jul-12
1.4 Three years funding for AFL Remote Regional Development Program (for all of Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra). Lead - FaHCSIA, GEBIE, GEMCO Started Nov-12
1.5 Employment of an Indigenous AFL trainee from Umbakumba. Lead - DEEWR Started Nov-12
1.6 $250,000 for AFL club facilities. Lead - GEBIE
Supporting - OTL, NTAFL, EASC
Started Nov-11
1.7 Provide $100,000 for oval upgrade. Lead - EASC
Supporting - FaHCSIA,
Started Jun-10
1.8 Provide vehicle for transporting AFL players. Lead - GEBIE Started Ongoing
New actions agreed to for Youth, Sport and Recreation in the Local Implementation Plan, the Responsible Party and Timeframe
New actions agreed to in the Local Implementation Plan Responsible Party Start When Finish When
1.9 EASC Council employs youth worker and trainees. Lead - EASC
Supporting - FaHCSIA,
Started Jun-12
1.10 Upgrade to sport and recreation facilities. Lead - EASC
Supporting - FaHCSIA,
Started Jun-10

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Schedule B: Baseline Mapping Summary

Detailed baseline mapping of social, economic and service delivery indicators for Umbakumba will be included in this Local Implementation Plan as Schedule B when further consultation on this data has been completed.

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Schedule C: Plan for future engagement

Schedule D to the Regional Partnership Agreement clarifies the relationship between Remote Service Delivery and the Regional Partnership Agreement and highlights the need for an effective engagement strategy that takes into account the primacy and history of the Regional Partnership Agreement process.

The community engagement strategy will guide the way government agencies engage with Indigenous Australians on the implementation of the Regional Partnership Agreement and on the development and delivery of future programs, services and initiatives. The strategy will be developed in late 2010 and will be endorsed by the Regional Partnership Agreement Committee. Key elements are outlined below.

Regional Partnership Agreement

Stage 2 of the Regional Partnership Agreement formed the basis to the Angurugu and Umbakumba Local Implementation Plans in the first instance. Projects cover all seven building blocks and include two other priority areas; infrastructure and planning, and youth, recreation and sport. These projects were negotiated between Regional Partnership Agreement parties: the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government, the East Arnhem Shire Council and the Groote Eylandt Mining Company. The communities were represented by the Anindilyakwa Land Council.

Local Reference Group

Local Reference Groups have been established in Angurugu and Umbakumba to build on the projects in the Regional Partnership Agreement and set future priorities for their communities under each building block. Representatives from the Anindilyakwa Land Council participate in the Local Reference Groups. Government Business Managers and Indigenous Engagement Officers will convene these groups as required.

Other Community Engagement

Ongoing consultation with the Anindilyakwa Land Council will occur via scheduled quarterly Regional Partnership Agreement Committee meetings and through regular discussions as required to progress the projects outlined in the Regional Partnership Agreement. The Committee also has a number of sub-committees comprised of various government and community members to progress Regional Partnership Agreement projects and provide advice to the Committee as required. They represent numerous stakeholders within the communities.

The Committee is responsible for making sure that the communities are consulted in the development and delivery of initiatives. The sub-committees will carry out these tasks through the Government Business Managers, Indigenous Engagement Officers, and the Anindilyakwa Land Council Regional Partnership Agreement Coordinator.

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