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FEBRUARY 06, 2014
SIXTEEN of the most powerful indigenous and business leaders as well as top-ranking bureaucrats have been appointed to oversee a radical plan devised by Noel Pearson to empower Aboriginal communities and ensure that funding delivers real gains on the ground.
Mr Pearson will co-chair the new steering committee with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet associate secretary Liza Carroll to drive enormous change in the way money for indigenous Australians is spent.
The Cape York leader told The Australian that Tony Abbott had placed a high priority on the Empowered Communities project, and was receiving maximum co-operation from state and territory counterparts.
The first official meeting of the federal government’s Empowered Communities project took place this week.