NSW budget boost for Closing the Gap

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Closing the Gap and other projects aimed at improving outcomes for Indigenous communities will receive a $400 million boost to the NSW budget.

The money, which will be paid over four years, represents a significant investment as well as the need for “a new approach to significantly change the dial”, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said.

“It is clear that traditional government-led approaches have not worked,” he said on Sunday.

“This needs to be done in concert with Indigenous communities, who know best what changes need to be made to help communities thrive.

“That’s why we’ve worked in partnership with Indigenous stakeholders to co-design a series of initiatives across all sectors of government to make a bigger difference.”

The funds will be used to improve cancer care pathways, stimulate the community-controlled Indigenous organization sector and support Indigenous community housing providers.

The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organizations will lead the partnership.

The package, which will come into play when Treasurer Matt Kean delivers his budget on June 21, will also include a $30 million community grants and placement program.

Up to $250,000 will be distributed to Indigenous community-controlled organizations to carry out activities aimed at Closing the Gap outcomes.

Investments in Indigenous culture and languages ​​are also included in the funds, as is the remediation and transfer of Me-Mel (Goat Island) in Sydney Harbor to the Indigenous community.

“This is a very important time for Indigenous peoples and communities, and for the first time we see a government truly investing in the needs of Indigenous peoples to close disparities as part of Closing the Gap,” said the Chairman of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Charles Lynch.

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