• Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make a long-expected visit to Tennant Creek this weekend. (AAP)Source: AAP
Malcolm Turnbull will meet community leaders in Tennant Creek on Sunday.
19 Jul 2018 - 10:37 AM  UPDATED 19 Jul 2018 - 10:37 AM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will this weekend visit a Northern Territory community which has been rocked by a long-running child protection crisis.

In June, it was revealed the NT government had removed 15 children from their families around Tennant Creek deemed at risk since the alleged rape of a two-year-old girl in the town in February.

An NT parliamentary estimates hearing was also told at least one child is sexually abused in the Territory each week.

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The prime minister's visit follows meetings held in the Barkly region with federal Indigenous Minister Nigel Scullion and Social Services Minister Dan Tehan.

They'll join Mr Turnbull and NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner when they meet community leaders in Tennant Creek on Sunday.

In June, Mr Turnbull met local mayor Steve Edington in Canberra to discuss the situation.

"It was clear from my discussions with representatives from the Barkly region they have a positive vision for the region," Mr Turnbull told the NT News on Thursday.

He said all three levels of government were needed to address the issues, and he was pleased Mr Gunner would join him on the trip.

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"I am bringing this delegation together to continue to map the pathways to reduce harm to children and for greater economic development for the region,"

Mr Gunner said the visit would send a "very strong message that we are all in this together".

More than half of the area's population of 3000 is Indigenous.    

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