Joint media release with Member for Wannon Dan Tehan MP
Indigenous heritage in Warrnambool will be strengthened thanks to $70,000 in funding to develop a Stories of Place Interpretive Tour.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, 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 Wannon Dan Tehan said the Warrnambool City Council would receive $70,000 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.
“This funding will enable the Warrnambool City Council to develop a Stories of Place Interpretive Tour for the Point Ritchie – Moyjil Aboriginal Place,” Mr Tehan said.
“The Project focuses on the development of a Stories of Place Interpretive Tour developed for smart phones.
“The virtual walking tour will include the faces, voices and, most importantly, the stories of local Indigenous people involved in the cultural history of the coast, talking about what they know best – their heritage.
“The videos and application will result in a platform for a virtual tour guide for visitors to the area who will only need a Smart Phone or iPad to learn about the area for free. Tours will be promoted on websites of participating organisations.
“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 -Warrnambool .pdf