Aboriginal communities in far-north Queensland will benefit from a million-dollar grants program to create more employment opportunities for indigenous people in the region.
As a part of the state’s 2012-13 budget, the government has committed $1.1 million in capital grants to bolster indigenous employment levels in Queensland’s most remote communities.
Announcing the funding boost yesterday (September 11), state minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural affairs Glen Elmes said the grant would facilitate the development of a new retail store on Saibai Island and the refurbishment of Everlina Plaza in Hope Vale.
“Not only will the construction of these retail areas create jobs in the short term; the operation of this store and revitalisation of the precinct will have ongoing employment benefits in these communities,” Mr Elmes explained.
“Improving social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, whether they’re based in Brisbane or in remote locations, is a responsibility this government takes seriously.”
Mr Elmes said the new stores will also provide residents in the region with greater nutritional choices, including more fresh produce and food products.
The revitalisation of the Everlina Plaza is expected to have a flow-on effect to the wider community – providing economic benefits for local businesses.