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Malabugilmah 'DCITA Sports' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date:||17 January 2008|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Location:||Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Education | Employment and Training | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure | Sports and Physical Recreation|
|The Malabugilmah 'DCITA Sports' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Department of Community, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) and the Malabugilmah community to provide for the completion of a sports oval and accreditation for community members to conduct rugby league training. The agreement is a follow-up from the previous Shared Responsibility Agreement with the Malabugilmah community in which the Coffs Harbour Indigenous Coordination Centre contributed to the development of a sports oval (see link to Malabugilmah 'Community Facilities' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) below).|
Shared Responsibility Agreements are agreements between governments and Indigenous communities to provide discretionary funding in return for community obligations. The new arrangements developed from an initiative of the Council of Australia Governments and replace the previous ATSIC system of funding. For more information see 'Shared Responsibility Agreement' below.
The SRA provides for the resources allowing the completion of the sports oval and the accreditation of community members to conduct rugby league training within the Malabugilmah community. Sports coaching and equipment will be provided to the community and the sewage treatment plant will allow the reuse of wastewater to irrigate the sports oval.
The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts will contribute $13,000 for the purchase of goal posts, rugby league training packs and various pieces of cross training gym equipment.
The New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation will make a contribution in-kind to cover the costs of the coaching clinic and the provision of training packages. The contribution amount will be confirmed when the final number of participants is known.
The community will commit to the long term maintenance of the water reuse facility, including testing, pruning, mowing and coordinating licensed trades for the upkeep of the sports oval. They will also conduct sport training and social activities on the oval and encourage participation in these activities.
Families and individuals will attend and support activities held on the oval and involve themselves in the maintenance of the oval.
This funding is subject to the parties entering into a legally binding funding agreement.
DCITA have outlined target dates for key milestones of the project. A report discussing the success of the agreement will be provided by Yabur Yulgun, the auspice organisation for the activity.
|Ecotechnology Australia (ETA) were made aware of the sewage treatment plant failure in Malabugilmah in late 2003. In collaboration with the community, they treated the effluent, built a football field to irrigate with effluent and employed and trained community members to maintain this process. In August 2006 the project appeared a success. The football field had become a focal part of Malabugilmah and neighbouring communities. Community members had received training and were being employed on other projects. ETA and Southern Cross University students are monitoring the treatment plant. (Ecotechonology Australia, August 2006)|
According to Dr Keith Bolton, who led the sewage treatment project, community members took a leading role in the project and afterwards, were gaining skills and working. He said the community was growing and thriving. Dr Bolton has been nominated for the New South Wales Premierís award for his work in Malabugilmah.(Our Patch Australia, 16 October 2008)
The Department of Health and Ageingís sixth National Conference included presentations by people involved with the project. They list the steps taken by community members and experts to complete the irrigation system under the sports oval. The irrigation system project was successfully completed.(Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, 23 May 2007)
The Director-General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Jody Broun, stated that "the clean water and efficient sewerage [sic] treatment which is about to flow, means better health and ultimately a longer, more productive life." (New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Spring 2007)
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