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Roads to Home is a program designed to provide better access to infrastructure and services for discrete Aboriginal communities across NSW.

 

Roads to Home supports the delivery of essential road upgrades and empowers Aboriginal landowners to make decisions about how and if their land is used to provide infrastructure.

 

The program provides a coordinated and cooperative approach that respects the rights of local landowners to make decisions about matters that affect them, and to do so in a way that strengthens organisational and community assets.

 

What is the program?

The program is aimed at improving the quality of life, economic opportunities and to provide upgraded roads and services to discrete Aboriginal communities across NSW.

 

This includes improve access to services such as:

  • household waste collection
  • postal delivery
  • emergency vehicles
  • community transport.

 

This program also provides the option for Aboriginal communities to subdivide their land and for roads and infrastructure services to be dedicated to local government providing a long term solution through a transition to maintenance funding.

 

The program gives a choice to each Aboriginal community about how their land is used and empowers the community to decide what will work for them.

 

Who is the program for?

The program is for discrete Aboriginal communities, such as former Aboriginal reserves and missions that were handed over to the Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) ownership under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1983).

 

The program requires a coordinated and cooperative approach that respects the rights of local landowners to make decisions about matters that affect them, and to do so in a way that strengthens organisational and community assets.

 

How does the program work?

The program invests in road asset and service infrastructure upgrades and includes a transition period maintenance funding.

 

The community can also participate without subdividing and dedicating the road as the decision is ultimately determined by the community. The approach to delivering the program will be tailored to the needs of each community.

 

We will work with other Government agencies to ensure the Roads to Home program is coordinated with other programs being delivered in discrete Aboriginal communities.

 

What is the timeframe?

The program commenced in July 2019 with ten discrete Aboriginal communities selected to be rolled out over a four year period. This program is staged so early outcomes can be achieved and information gathered will inform subsequent phases.

 

The process for seeking expressions of interest and the sequencing of the roll out for future phases of the program will be developed. When more information is available it will be shared with communities, other stakeholders and will be available on this webpage.

 

  • Commenced July 2019: Program design & initial community engagement
  • Early 2020: Work commences (First four communities)
  • Mid 2020 onwards: Ongoing roll out to other six communities

 

Who has been involved so far?

Image caption: From left to right: Leslie Johnston – Roads to Home Program Manager, Nicole Shepherd – A/CEO Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council, Uncle George Fernando – Chairperson Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council, Kerrie Lee – Roads to Home A/Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

 

 

Four of the communities have development consent for subdivision:

  • Bowraville Reserve (Bowraville LALC) Nambucca Shire Council
  • Cabarita Reserve (Forster LALC) Mid Coast Council
  • Narwan Village (Armidale LALC) Armidale Regional Council
  • Gulargambone Top (Weilwan LALC) Coonamble Shire Council

 

Six additional communities have been selected to strengthen a knowledge base for how to address community needs across a diversity of geographic locations and to achieve economies of scale:

  • Bellwood Reserve (Nambucca LALC) Nambucca Shire Council
  • Threeways (Griffith LALC) Griffith City Council
  • Namoi Reserve (Walgett LALC) Walgett Shire Council
  • Gingie Reserve (Walgett LALC) Walgett Shire Council
  • La Perouse Mission (La Perouse LALC) Randwick City Council
  • Wallaga Lake Koori Village (Merrimans LALC) Eurobodalla Shire Council

 

This will support roll out of the program to the remaining 51 Aboriginal communities yet to be funded.

 

Training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people

Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC) have identified the importance of local training and employment opportunities. Roads to Home have identified three areas aligned to different stages of program delivery. LALCs have indicated support for partnerships with TAFE NSW, Registered Training Organisations and Yarpa NSW Indigenous Business and Employment hub to explore opportunities training & employment pathways.

 

More information

If you would like any further information or would like to talk to the team you can email us.

Page last updated: 20/11/2020