A key aspect to reaslising economic opportunities that may present to us is ensuring that sufficient infrastructure is in place.
For decades, government programs that have been aimed at increasing economic participation have failed to recognise the importance of infrastructure to their achievement.
Since 2006, much attention was placed on land tenure, and the Commonwealth Government amended the Aboriginal Land Rights Act to provide for township leasing to acilitate business investment. However, as the Central Land Council has noted, leasing has increased under the original provisions of the Act. For further discussion on these issues, click on the following link:
Among other things, it identifies the need for:
- significant investment in essential service infrastructure and capital works to address the severe scarcity of vacant serviced land;
- improved investment in land administration systems and institutional infrastructure relating to land use;
- improved roads;
- sustantial support for local enterprise; and
- Aboriginal land owners, lenders, Land Councils and government working collaboratively to develop a range of commercial lease templates that will support Aboriginal people's aspirations in economic development and private home ownership.
Broadband and renewable energy are other specific types of infrastructure that we believe warrant further consideration.