Funding to strengthen Indigenous heritage in the ACT


Indigenous heritage will be strengthened in the ACT with $58,100 in funding to restore and maintain Indigenous Heritage Sites.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, 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.”

Senator Seselja said the Thunderstone Cultural & Land Management Services Aboriginal Corporation would receive $58,100 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.

“This funding will enable the Thunderstone Cultural & Land Management Services Aboriginal Corporation to restore and maintain Ngunawal Heritage Sites,” Senator Seselja said.

“This project will conserve and provide community education regarding the rich Indigenous heritage in the Ginninderra Catchment (north-west ACT/NSW cross-border region).

“Guided by an Aboriginal Reference Group and building on cultural management plans, this project will maintain, restore and renew Ngunawal Heritage Sites in the Ginninderra Catchment.

“It will also interpret and explain these significant heritage places through a series of interpretive walks and publication of associated audio-visual productions on the internet.

“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.”