The Muli Muli Reserve (Bokal Ynee) is one of 13 Aboriginal communities to have their roads improved in a State Government $109 million Roads to Home program.
The Clarence Way that passes by Muli Muli remains in a disputed state of disrepair and does not fall under this funding. The program will focus on roads and infrastructure within the community.
The program guide states:
“We work alongside Aboriginal communities such as former reserves and missions, now known as discrete Aboriginal communities (DACS), that were handed to local Aboriginal land councils under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1983).”
Minister for Planning and Homes Anthony Roberts said well built and maintained roads for these communities not only improve connectivity, the roads also bring better access to waste collection, postal delivery, emergency vehicle access and community transport.
“The program has also benefited residents through our partnership with TAFE NSW which has allowed locals to gain nationally recognised skills and gain employment on road upgrade projects,” Mr Roberts said.
NSW Aboriginal Land Council’s Danny Chapman said the benefits of working with community-controlled Aboriginal organisations and communities are enormous.
“Our people are entitled to and expect properly maintained infrastructure and access to basic facilities like storm water and drainage systems, new road services, kerbs and street lighting, and essential utilities like power and telecommunications.” Mr Chapman said.
For more details on the Roads to Home Program go here.