Joint media release with Member for New England Minister for Agriculture The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP
Indigenous heritage will be strengthened in New England thanks to $61,800 in funding to map cultural sites on Mooki and Bassendean Stations.
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, 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 New England Barnaby Joyce said the Anaiwan Local Aboriginal Land Council, based in Tingha, would receive $61,800 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.
“This funding will enable the Anaiwan Local Aboriginal Land Council to fund the Cultural Heritage Identification & Reconnect to Country Project,” Minister Joyce said.
“This project will identify and map known and unknown Cultural sites on Mooki and Bassendean Stations.
“Initially, a visitor management track will be installed to limit impacts to sensitive heritage and burials sites. Other sites will be assessed to identify potential protective measures.
“Oral History connected to these properties will be recorded and documented. Local School children will learn about local culture through story telling involving Elders, as well as through interpretive signage/story boards.
“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 – Anaiwan Land Council.pdf