Indigenous Entrepreneurs in the APY Lands
Posted on Thursday, 8 February, 2018
$246,000 investment for
Coalition Government is providing a $246,000 boost to Indigenous entrepreneurs
in the electorate of Grey, as part of its $115 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs
Package election commitment.
for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Grey,
Rowan Ramsey MP, said today this investment in the APY Arts Collective
Aboriginal Corporation will enable a longstanding aspiration of local APY
artists to have a dedicated arts centre in the Rocks (Sydney) tourist district.
“The Prime Minister made a
commitment to working with Indigenous Australians, and through the Indigenous
Entrepreneurs Fund and IBA we are supporting innovative Indigenous businesses,
particularly in remote areas,” Minister Scullion said.
are so many Indigenous entrepreneurs whose business ideas have the potential to
transform their communities but they just need a hand with the business assets
to do the work, through this Package we are giving Indigenous entrepreneurs a
also know that successful Indigenous businesses are key to improving employment
rates for First Australians – an Indigenous business is 100 times more likely
to employ an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person than a non-Indigenous
Mr Ramsey said he was pleased to announce the Coalition Government
was backing local artists and businesses in the APY Lands and across his
electorate of Grey.
“Art is a stand-out industry for our remote communities,” he said.
“It is all but unique in the fact that it actually brings outside
income to these communities.
“In effect, it is an “export industry”.
“The art centres provide a safe, supervised environment where
artists can hone their skills and create goods for a market that really wants
what they have to sell- exactly as business should be.
“The challenge has always been to match the very significant
demand for Indigenous art among domestic and international tourists with an
accessible supply of authentic Indigenous art where profits are returned to
“This new arts centre achieves that. Our $246,000 Commonwealth
investment includes a fit-for-purpose vehicle to transport the works of local
artists direct from the APY Lands to Sydney and by being an Aboriginal owned
and operated business there will be significantly higher profit shares returned
to local artists.
Nyurpaya Kaika, artist and
Director of the APY Art Centre Collective is thrilled with the new venture.
“Indigenous Artists on the
APY Lands have worked hard for over sixty years in their art centres, where the
Indigenous art movement started in Ernabella Community. Elders and artists
across the Lands are proud to have successfully grown their business to this
current position, where our hard work and determination is recognised and
government is investing in the future of APY art centres. This APY gallery will
create many more jobs for young Indigenous artists in our communities and will
shore up the sustainability of APY art centres - the future looks bright!”
This initiative complements the Coalition’s broader Indigenous
economic development agenda including our new Indigenous Procurement Policy
that has resulted in contracts worth $594 million in its first 2 years. A
spectacular success compared to the former policies under Labor, which resulted
in just $6.2 million worth of contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses in
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