Joint media release with Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott MP
Indigenous heritage in the Bunya Mountains will be strengthened thanks to $55,000 worth of funding to develop Bunya cultural landscape signage.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion 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 Maranoa, Bruce Scott said the Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Ltd (BMRG) would receive $55,000 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.
“This funding will enable the BMRG in collaboration with the Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC), to develop Bunya cultural landscape signage,” Mr Scott said.
“BPAC and BMRG will develop and erect four interpretive signs within Russel Park (situated on the Bunya Mountain).
“One sign will be erected along the roadside to welcome visitors to the site and to generally explain why the Bunya Mountains are a significant Indigenous site.
“The remaining three signs will be erected along walking tracks to further explain specific significant heritage information.
“All signs will have digital capabilities whereby visitors can scan a barcode and, through their smart phones, receive a video/voice recording of the story.
“There is limited information about the significance of the Bunya Mountains within Russel Park and this new signage will impart important historical knowledge and increase understanding of the Indigenous values associated with the Bunyas.
“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 – Bunyas.pdf