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Media Release Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

12 July 2006

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Funding protects Indigenous past for future generations

Hi-tech three-dimensional laser scanning techniques will be used to record detailed images of historic engravings and art sites along the coast of Tasmania as part of an Australian Government programme to protect and promote Indigenous heritage.

Announced today by Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, the 2006-07 Indigenous Heritage Programme will provide $2.96 million for 50 projects throughout the nation.

More than $90,000 will be used to record images of the historic engravings and art sites along the north west and west coasts of Tasmania so they can be better monitored and protected. Some of the unique rock art was vandalised in January this year.

Other projects being funded include:

z $100,000 to connect Koorie people with traditional heritage places through the identification and

recording of Indigenous heritage values and sites in Victoria. z $100,000 to protect, preserve and rehabilitate 12 culturally significant sites at Great Bay on

Bruny Island, Tasmania. z $100,000 will be used to work with Indigenous communities in Derby, WA, to share traditional

knowledge and an understanding of the Fitzroy River. z $98,850 for development of the Ngarrindjeri Environment and Heritage management strategy.

This will implement case study research, planning and education of the Ngarrinjderi cultural heritage on Ngarrinjderi Ruwe lands and islands in South Australia. z $90,596 for the Yindjibarndi Cultural Mapping Project that aims at recording and filming 50 of

the significant Aboriginal cultural sites identified in the Yindjibarnde traditional country, Western Australia. z $80,150 for the Wilsons River Experience Walk, which will research and link Indigenous history

and cultural sites along the banks of the Wilsons River, New South Wales. z $98,800 for cultural mapping and management planning of Jawoyn Rock Art in the Northern

Territory. z $87,500 to facilitate teaching traditional Badtjala knowledge and culture for future generations

(Queensland).

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government had worked with local communities and traditional

owners to identify projects and places needing conservation.

“Australia has a rich and valuable Indigenous heritage and the Government’s Indigenous Heritage Programme is aimed at protecting it for the education and enjoyment of future generations,” he said.

For more information visit www.heritage.gov.au

Media contact: Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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