Catherine King MP
Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories
Warren Snowdon MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Friday 17 May 2013
GAMAWARRWA DIGITAL LEARNING CENTRE TO IMPROVE INTERNET ACCESS FOR YIRRKALA COMMUNITY
Yirrkala residents will soon be able to access the resources and the benefits of the world wide web through the Gamarrwa Digital Learning Centre. Funded in part through the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund Round Three.
Buku Larrnggay Mulka will receive $460,000 for the development of a multi-terminal digital learning centre as an extension to the Buku Larrnggay Mulka art centre.
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said that this project would allow the local community to participate in digital and IT training and to access a digital library and cultural archive.
“This centre is vital to the community because it provides the only public internet access available to the community,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Increased access to the internet in the community will create an environment conducive to online consultation, education and employment. This will have social and economic benefits for the Yolngu community.
“This is just another way that the Federal Government is supporting people, in particular Aboriginal people in Northern Territory communities.”
Minister for Regional Services, Minister Catherine King, said this project would deliver employment benefits to the region, creating 10 jobs throughout the project’s construction and sustaining a further 2 after its completion.
“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for the community over the longer term. It will mean local employment as well as economic opportunities through increased internet access for the community,” she said.
Minister King said 79 projects across Australia were receiving funding under the latest round of funding.
“The latest round of regional funding builds on our record $14 billion for community projects and continues our long-term investment in local communities including in health and hospitals, higher education, the NBN and infrastructure,” Minister King said.
Mr Snowdon said the project was expected to be completed by mid 2015.
More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au
Warren Snowdon Marcus Butler 0417 917 796
Minister King Rachel Cameron 0425 199 184