AACAP - Overview


AACAP - Overview (1.9 mins)

Australian Army soldiers are working in the town of Toomelah near Boggabilla in far north New South Wales from April to October 2017 as part of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP). Each year the Australian Army works together with a remote Indigenous community to deliver infrastructure projects, vocational skills training and complementary healthcare services. AACAP this year celebrates its 21st anniversary with Toomelah becoming the 43rd Indigenous community to benefit from the initiative which aims to improve the environmental and primary health standards of Indigenous communities. Australian Army engineers, predominantly from the 6th Engineer Support Regiment, have again welcomed military engineers from Papua New Guinea and Tonga who will assist in the various construction tasks. The AACAP contingent resides and works alongside the local population which allows the soldiers to make the best use of their construction and community building expertise to deliver improvements in environmental health and living conditions, while also providing training for employment. Toomelah was established in the 1930s and is home to approximately 300 Goomeroi people. Located north of Moree on the MacIntyre River and close to the town of Goondiwindi in Queensland, this year is the first year that AACAP is being conducted in New South Wales.

Publish Date 13 Jul 2017
Tags V20170292
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