$1.5 million in this year’s State Budget will expand a successful project in the State’s remote north west returning pastoral properties to productivity. The North West Indigenous Pastoral Project – supported by Primary Industries and Regions SA – began in 2015. 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.
This successful project has now received an additional $1.5 million over two years to support the employment of up to 20 Aboriginal pastoral trainees and contribute to the repair and development of property infrastructure, as well as aid the implementation of property management plans and the transition of 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 project is run in partnership with the Indigenous Land Council and supported through collaborations with BHP Billiton and Native Title Services. The five properties that come 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) as well as land in the APY Lands.