Joint media release with Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Peter Hendy MP
Indigenous heritage in Eden will be strengthened thanks to $70,000 in funding to develop the Bundian Way Tourist Trail.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Peter Hendy, said the announcement was part of the Australian Government investment of $1.6 million this financial year in 18 projects across Australia through the Indigenous Heritage Programme to strengthen the connection between Indigenous communities and their heritage values.
Minister Scullion said the projects focus on supporting, identifying, promoting and conserving the heritage values of places important to Indigenous people.
“Projects cover activities including the conservation of burial sites, conducting heritage surveys and repair work, developing cultural heritage management plans and recording and passing on traditional knowledge,” Minister Scullion said.
“Indigenous heritage projects provide education, training, employment and business opportunities that help Indigenous Australians to meet their cultural obligations to care for their country and maintain traditions.”
Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Peter Hendy, said the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council would receive $70,000 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.
“This funding will enable Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council to develop the Bundian Way Tourist Trail,” Dr Hendy said.
“The project builds upon existing facilities that tell the story of the Bundian Way, an ancient Aboriginal pathway extending from Mt Kosciuszko (Targangal) to Fisheries Beach (Bilgalera) at Twofold Bay.
“The project will establish Jigamy Farm as the Gateway to the Bundian Way, Stage 1 of the Bundian Way Tourist Trail.
“Enhancement of facilities at Jigamy Farm will include reconstruction of the Bunan Ring for ceremonial performances, and the heritage walking loop trail; installation of a touch screen device for visitor education, and signage for Jigamy Farm.
“Work on the Bundian Way Tourist Trail will include installation of 3 interpretation shelters and design and construction of 100 way posts on the Bundian Way Tourist route around Twofold Bay.
“It also involves the heritage conservation and management of Koori yam fields along the Bundian Way heritage route on the Monaro, including construction of nursery facilities and community education regarding the cultural heritage significance of the wild yam fields along Bundian Way.
“The project will provide immediate and future Koori employment and training and enable exchange and dissemination of traditional knowledge between Elders and Koori youth, and the wider community.
“The Government’s investment through the Indigenous heritage projects supports Indigenous people to care for their land and heritage and this in turn helps to strengthen and preserve the history, culture and self-esteem of communities.”
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2014-05-09 Heritage Grants – Eden Aboriginal Council.pdf