NLC welcomes donation of essential items for remote communities

[by Leah McLennan]


Peter Farrell Jnr with a box of groceries from Coles. Image: supplied

The Northern Land Council is pleased the share the news that Coles has donated 720 care boxes to Aboriginal communities in the NLC’s area.


This donation of boxes, which include drinking water, nappies and fresh fruit and vegetables, will help the NLC ensure the health and wellbeing of our mob as we navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. 240 boxes – seven pallets – have been delivered to Wugularr (Beswick) today and will be distributed to surrounding Aboriginal communities.


A further 480 boxes – 14 pallets – will be delivered to Elliott tomorrow.


NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour said the food boxes will be hugely appreciated by our mob from remote communities in lockdown, who are risking their health by travelling into regional centres to buy food and essentials.


“The Northern Land Council is proud to work with Coles to bring these essential items to our mob,” said Ms Scrymgour.


“This is a useful supplement to the hard work that NLC staff have put in over the past two months to support the families and individuals who are staying strong and safe in our remote communities and homelands.”


NLC Chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi said making sure our mob stay on country and don’t have to leave biosecurity areas to shop in regional centres has been a priority for the NLC. The closest Coles supermarket to Wugularr is more than 400 kilometres away and from Elliott, more than 700 kilometres, he added.


“This action by Coles is exactly the right kind of corporate support for our remote communities and the NLC applauds Coles and its staff for this initiative. It is really important to recognise this as a genuine gesture of corporate goodwill by Coles that we should see more often.”


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NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour with Coles Casuarina Store Manager Brodie Little and Coles NT Regional Manager Daniel Clegg. Image: supplied