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$3.3 million boost to indigenous heritage protection.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

PG /302 7 July 2009


More than $3 million in Australian Government funding will help identify, protect and share Australia’s Indigenous heritage.

Funding for 50 Indigenous heritage projects through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Heritage Program, was announced today by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett.

Mr Garrett said funding will help community groups and individuals to identify, conserve and promote the heritage values of places important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Indigenous heritage sites occupy a special place in our nation’s history and I am extremely pleased to announce this funding during NAIDOC Week,” Mr Garrett said.

“These 50 projects are spread across the country and cover a wide range of activities. Importantly, all projects aim to maintain and protect Indigenous heritage values which make a vital contribution to Australia’s rich heritage.”

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The Willinggin Country - Mangurray Fencing project (WA): will fence a significant rock art site and burial site in the Kimberley region to protect it from damage from vehicles and cattle The Jawoyn Cultural Heritage Mapping project (NT): will record stories, place names and history of the Jawoyn regions.

The Ngadjuri Heritage project (SA): will do field surveys to identify and record Aboriginal sites on Plumbago Station. The Carbine Rock Art and Axe Quarry project (Qld): will fence off a series of rock art paintings and carvings, and an axe quarry, and install interpretative signage.

The Deep Bay cultural heritage site project (Tas): will develop a site plan for the rehabilitation and protection of Aboriginal heritage values. The Mount Barker project (Vic): will survey, map and record the stone arrangements at Mt Barker.

“It is crucial we protect, preserve and promote these places for future generations and there is no better time to acknowledge this than during NAIDOC Week,” Mr Garrett said.

NAIDOC Week is an annual event to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Indigenous Heritage Program is delivered in cooperation with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) as part of the whole of government delivery of services to Indigenous Australians.

A full list of the projects that have received 2009-10 Indigenous Heritage Program funding is available at