Joint meida release with Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Peter Hendy MP
Indigenous heritage in Eurobodalla Shire Council will be strengthened thanks to $98,483 in funding to protect a historic cemetery.
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 Eurobodalla Shire Council had received funding of $98,483 for the “caring for our ancestors – Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Cemetery” project.
The funding will allow the Eurobodalla Shire Council to undertake archival research and community consultation to collect further information on the names and locations of people buried in the cemetery as well as permanently mark known unmarked graves to avoid their accidental desecration and develop a plan of management for the cemetery.
Eurobodalla Shire will undertake additional ground penetrating radar work to establish the location of possible burials in three locations; and the provision of training to improve the community’s capacity to manage new burials.
“The was initiated by the aboriginal community due to concerns about potential damage to the large number of unmarked graves,” Dr Hendy said
“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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2014-05-26 Heritage Grant – Wallaga Lake Aboriginal cemetery .pdf