The 10 year Barkly Regional Deal aims to improve the productivity and liveability of the Barkly region by stimulating economic growth, improving social outcomes and supporting local Aboriginal leadership.
Aboriginal leadership is strong across the Barkly region and is expressed through various representative groups, including land councils, Aboriginal controlled organisations, Traditional Owners and native title groups.
- The Barkly Regional Deal aims to improve the productivity and liveability of the Barkly region by stimulating economic growth and improving social outcomes, including reducing overcrowding and improving child safety.
- The Northern Territory Government will build local capability by providing training and development opportunities in areas of high economic potential (mining, construction, essential services, tourism, road-building, housing-related services such as tenancy and property management, and health services).
- Construction of a new alternative to detention secure accommodation facility This initiative is part of the Back on Track program and supports the recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory. It will increase the delivery of local services, create employment opportunities, increase support for youth in the justice system and enhance the life course trajectory of young people in the Barkly region.
- Improving social outcomes, including reducing overcrowding and improving child safety, is a critical aspect of the Barkly Regional Deal. Substantial investment and activity has been directed towards increasing accommodation options and housing supply in the deal—from transitional and crisis youth accommodation through to affordable housing—in recognition that overcrowding is one of the most pressing issues in the region.
- Improving the wellbeing of older people by supporting them to stay in their homes or assisting them to access timely and affordable residential care is a priority for the Barkly region. In addition to Australian Government funded residential and home care programs, aged care services are delivered to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people close to their home and community through the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.
Implementation of the Barkly Regional Deal will be overseen by the Barkly Governance Table over the next 10 years. The Table brings together representatives from the Australian Government, Northern Territory Government, Barkly Regional Council, Aboriginal community members (including Patta Aboriginal Corporation and representatives from the 16 language groups across the region), young people, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, nonIndigenous community organisations and local business leaders.