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Media Release Andrew Broad Member for Mallee

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Phone 1300 131 620 Phone 0418 445 233

Monday, 27 March 2017


The Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, says a grant round that opens today,

supports the celebration of the history, culture and achievements of First Australians

through activities held during NAIDOC Week and he’s calling on people in the

Wimmera Mallee to apply.

The 2017 NAIDOC grants round is part of the $1.9 million investment that the

Coalition Government has committed to support NAIDOC celebrations this year.

Mr. Broad said that the Wimmera Mallee has a rich Indigenous history and that

NAIDOC Week offered the community an opportunity to come together to reflect on

the enduring significance of Indigenous culture in the region.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’ and it focuses on the

importance, resilience and richness of Indigenous languages.

“For First Australians, their languages are a way of linking people to their land and

water and it is also a way of sharing and preserving their culture and their history.

“It is through language that First Australians have passed down their stories, the very

essence of who they are, through the generations.”

NAIDOC Week celebrates the unique place that Indigenous Australians hold in the

country through various activities including community marches, exhibitions and


The 2017 NAIDOC grants are open from today until April 27 and further details can

be accessed via the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

“I encourage people to apply for this funding to support NAIDOC activities across the

Wimmera Mallee. We have a wealth of Indigenous cultural history worthy of