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Aboriginal domain in the A.C.T.



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STATEMENT THE MINISTER FOR THE CAPITAL TERRITORY FOR PRESS

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR THE CAPITAL TERRITORY, MR. GORDON BRYANT.

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr. Gordon Bryant,

said to-day he had received from the National Aboriginal

Consultative Committee a proposal that land should be

dedicated as an Aboriginal Domain in the Australian

Capital Territory. <

The Consultative Committee had in mind that the proposed

Domain would be used to disseminate to all people the

traditions and values of Aboriginal culture.

The Domain would provide for a variety of uses including

replicas of historic caves and rock faces with notable

religious paintings, an Aboriginal university, a gallery

of Aboriginal art and writings, a corroboree ground,

permanent headquarters for institutions concerned with

Aboriginal welfare, culture and values and accommodation

for Aboriginal people visiting Canberra.

Mr. Bryant said he had advised the Consultative Committee

of his support for the concept of a centre in Canberra

for the Aboriginal people.

He had approached the Ministers for Urban and Regional

Development and Aboriginal Affairs and the Treasurer with

the view to discussing the proposal put forward by the

Consultative Committee at an early date.

Canberra, June 13, 1974.