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APY Lands addressing project provides better access to key services

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10 February 2016

About 2500 residents of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands are getting better access to basic services with the roll-out of a new addressing system.

The $272,000 APY Lands Addressing Project was jointly developed and funded by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Housing SA, SA Water and the Department of State Development

Previously, a lack of a nationally recognised addressing system had posed barriers to Aboriginal people accessing services such as registration and licensing.

The Anangu identified the need for a proper addressing system and APY Executive provided their full endorsement at a board meeting in August last year.

The new addressing system will enable Government and other agencies to deliver better services into the communities as well as assisting emergency services, particularly with disaster management.

The APY Lands has an area of more than 100,000 square kilometres and is home to 13 Aboriginal communities with about 2500 residents in total.

Over 12 months the project team worked with the Anangu to create road names based on the creeks, hills and landmarks unique to the APY Lands communities.

They also used the Pitjantjatjara language names for camel, emu, snake and other animals, creating 143 road names in total across the 13 communities.

APY Lands town of Indulkana