Turnbull pledges Army help for Yalata

The Australian Army will spend about six months in the South Australian Aboriginal community of Yalata working on projects including a new early learning centre, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this week.

Mr Turnbull said about 150 army officers would carry out work in the community, which has a population of about 300 people and is 200kms west of Ceduna, as part of the Army Aboriginal Community Advancement Program.

He said the new early learning centre would cost about $8 million.

“We’re going to fix up some other bits of infrastructure here — the caravan park, do some work at the rubbish dump — right around the community and they’ll be here for about six months,” Mr Turnbull said during a visit to Yalata.

He said the community would have the best engineers and doctors the army could provide.

Children in the community would also get a chance to see what a career in the Australian Defence Forces represented.

The South Australian government is contributing $1.1 million to the works.

Wendy Caccetta

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