Queenslanders are being encouraged to get behind a new strategy that will create more choices and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in cities, small towns and regional centres around the state.
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt has today launched a new strategy called LEAP – Learning, Earning, Active Places.
“It’s important, especially when you take into account that almost 80 per cent of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in cities, small towns and regional centres,” Mr Pitt said.
“Many of them helped shape the new LEAP strategy by setting out their priorities for action – priorities that will create training and job opportunities and deliver better housing, education and health outcomes,” he said.
“The common thread is grass roots action and that’s where LEAP has a role for everyone – young and old, city and country, government, community and private sector.
“The actions that will flow from LEAP have the potential to make a real difference to the lives of the 113,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders who live in our cities, towns and regional centres.
“A ‘one size fits all’ approach will not close the gap. The needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in our cities and towns are different to the needs of people living in remote communities and LEAP reflects those differences.
The three-year LEAP strategy has 20 actions across government to ‘close the gap’ in areas such as employment, health, education, housing, community care and early childhood development.
“It’s also about recognising the strengths and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders who live and work in our cities, towns and regional centres.