Joint media release with Member for Durack Melissa Price MP
Indigenous heritage will be strengthened in Durack with $266,300 in funding for three projects.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Member for Durack, Melissa Price, 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 Durack, Melissa Price, said Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, based in Newman, was one of the projects that would receive $111,500 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.
“This funding will enable the Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa to conduct helicopter mapping of waterholes and other important places,” Ms Price said.
“The project involves taking Traditional Owners in a helicopter to locate places, recording the locations with GPS, photographing the sites and recording stories associated with the sites.
“The Project will result in the identification and recording of Indigenous heritage places, it will enable the subsequent conservation of those places and will facilitate the sharing of Indigenous heritage through the inter-generational transfer of traditional knowledge.
“The Kimberley Land Council will receive funding of $65,800, to further develop the West Kimberley National Heritage Listing database.
“This project follows on from the National Heritage Listing for the West-Kimberley and the NHL Database project.
“Information on heritage values from the assessment will be disseminated to 11 Native Title Groups and their Indigenous Rangers.
“The project supports the further development of the West Kimberley NHL database, trial version of which received seed funding previously.
“It is aimed at increasing awareness of Indigenous community members and the wider Australian public.
“The project will share Australia’s Indigenous heritage through community meetings, guided by Senior Traditional Owners and culturally appropriate communication products.
The third project to receive funding is $89,000, for the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation (DAC), based in Derby, to do coastal stone arrangement heritage survey work.
“The survey builds on existing coastal stone arrangement heritage survey work and associated oral tradition recording.
“The survey areas include islands and coastal and intertidal areas of the south-western portion of the Dambimangari Determination Area, including islands, reef systems, intertidal zones and coastal mainland locations.
“The survey will be conducted from a charter boat with helicopter assistance where needed.
“Heritage management and recording practices and training activities will be undertaken with Rangers and Traditional Owner who develop initial management recommendations.
“It is expected that younger Traditional Owners and Rangers will learn from more senior Traditional Owners about the sites, the associated narratives and how to care for them.
“Sites will be located, recorded and entered into the existing DAC cultural mapping data base and become available for Traditional Owners’ future planning and management needs, including cultural tourism business ventures and negotiated arrangements with WA State Government bodies such as Department of Parks and Wildlife.
“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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2014-05-08 Heritage Grants – durack.pdf