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Arnhem Land’s war history being preserved in Milingimbi

Arnhem Land's rich military history will be preserved with the assistance of a $142,710 Community Recovery Fund (CRF) grant to preserve three war plane wrecks that were exposed during Cyclones Lam and Nathan.

Chief Minister Adam Giles addressed the local Milingimbi community on Monday at the site of the World War II plane wreckage.

"The Milingimbi plane wreckage site is a site of historical importance," Mr Giles said.

"It was in World War II when Milingimbi was bombed and many were killed or seriously injured in the attacks," Mr Giles said.

"This is important, and sad, part of Australia's war history.

"It's fantastic to see the Yolngu so passionately involved in the restoration and preservation of this significant site."

Restoration works will be undertaken by ALPA and Bukmak Construction. The project began in Milingimbi as a Community Development Program activity and the grant will allow Bukmak Construction to provide training and employment opportunities.

"It is a testament to the strength of the Milingimbi community that they are all banding together to preserve this Yolngu legacy," he said.

"The site will tell the Yolngu story, encourage tourism in the region and create more jobs in Milingimbi."

In January 2016, the Australian and Northern Territory Governments announced a $5 million Community Recovery Fund for the East Arnhem communities and homelands most affected by Tropical Cyclones Lam and Nathan.

The purpose of the fund is to deliver projects that will strengthen families and communities and assist in delivering a holistic rebuilding effort that strongly involves communities.

In addition to the preservation of the plane wreckage, more than $2.2 million has been allocated from the CRF fund to other projects in the Arnhem Land region:

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Northern Territory Government continues to deliver a successful Cyclone Lam rebuild program.

"We are working in close partnership with the affected communities and are seeing strong local employment and training outcomes from the program."

Media contact: Joss Papworth 0418 979 633

WWII plane wreckage in Milingimbi