A port launching rockets into space from North-East Arnhem Land won’t benefit Aboriginal people and the Northern Territory Government is only promoting the project in its own interest, says a local independent politician.

Canberra-based commercial venture Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) has signed a sub-lease with the Aboriginal Gumatj Corporation to build Australia’s first commercial rocket launching facility at a remote site near Nhulunbuy, in the Top End’s Gulf of Carpentaria.

“There’s enough trouble in the homelands out there already without this industry coming in that’s providing big dollar signs to the rest of the world … to Australia.”

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