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AMRRIC welcomes continued support from the Australian Government

AMRRIC Program Manager – Strategic Delivery Dr Bonny Cumming and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion with Santa Teresa resident Agnes and her dogs Charlie and Xena

On 16th April 2019, Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs visited Santa Teresa, NT to announce continued commitment to remote animal health and management, with an increased investment in AMRRIC, totalling $4.3 million over the three years.

AMRRIC welcomes this investment, confirming the Government’s support of our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in remote Australia. 

AMRRIC Board President, Dr. Peter Stephenson, said “AMRRIC looks forward to strengthening our relationships with communities and regional councils in the NT and beyond, and to growing capacity within communities for local animal management outcomes.”

The funding will allow AMRRIC to increase our activity and support for veterinary and community education programs within Indigenous communities nationally. Key areas of the three year program will include;

  • Facilitating greater local ownership, skills and knowledge of animal management through capacity building education, training and support services
  • Ongoing engagement with regional councils and Aboriginal organisations to assist with community-driven, sustainable and effective animal management strategies
  • Development of a mobile veterinary facility to assist with delivery of veterinary services in remote communities and outstations
  • Increased education and focus on pets other than dogs, including specialised cat programs in response to emergent cat population and welfare issues. 

AMRRIC is delighted that Minister Scullion has continued to support AMRRIC's work and vision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that are healthy and safe for people and their companion animals. 

About the funding commitment, Ms Christine Ross, Chair of AMRRIC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, said, “a huge thank you to Minister Scullion’s Office for providing AMRRIC with additional funds to expand upon our existing Programs that provide vital support particularly through our vets visiting such remote locations. For our people we want healthy animals as it means healthy communities.”

Earlier this year Minister Scullion announced his retirement from politics at the Federal Election in May. AMRRIC would like to take this opportunity to thank Minister Scullion for his continued support of our organisation and the work we do.  We wish him well in his future endeavours and hope to continue to cross paths with him in remote communities.

Thank you to MacDonnell Regional Council and the residents of Santa Teresa for their hospitality during the annoucement.


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