A $13.5m food storage and warehouse facility will be built inMparntwe Alice Springs to service more than 100 local community stores in the Territory.

CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Damien Ryan confirmed the project will be built in Mparntwe Alice Springs, with identified sites already in place.

The state-of-the-art refrigeration facility will take 12 months to complete construction, supporting 60 new jobs during construction and 20 roles during operations, with the aim to improve food security for remote and regional Indigenous communities across Central Australia.

Aerial view – Tyentye Apurte Community. Source: CAAMA

CLP Candidate for the Northern Territory Senate, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price said the facility will mean fresh food and essential goods will be closer to the communities that need them, at an affordable price.

CLP candidates Damien Ryan and Jacinta Nampijinpa Price speaking with CAAMA’s Josef Jakamarra Egger on a proposed cold storage facility in Mparntwe Alice Springs.

Ms Price also spoke to CAAMA about the level of antisocial and criminal behaviour impacting Mparntwe Alice Springs, revealing that her son was recently woken by the sound of his car window being smashed and the car alarm ringing.

“The whole community has been concerned by the level of crime that has been experienced.” Ms Price says

“In many ways, I think a lot of people feel desensitised to the level of crime that’s going on… I think it’s just really worrying that we’ve got kids on the street as young as they are.”

Ms Price and Mr Ryan spoke to CAAMA’s Josef Jakamarra Egger in the video below.

CLP candidates Damien Ryan and Jacinta Price speaking with CAAMA’s Josef Jakamarra Egger on antisocial and criminal behaviour in the Mparntwe Alice Springs.