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.