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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 14th August 2008 INVESTMENT IN INDIGENOUS CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Festivals and the preservation of traditional song cycles will both benefit from $899,704 in funding through the $6.7 million 2008-09 Indigenous Culture Support program, member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said today. “Events like Walking With Spirits at Wulgularr or Garma in North East Arnhem Lands are important not only as cultural festivals, but as events that help define how we see ourselves as Australians and Territorians in the modern world. “Strong cultural awareness helps build strong and healthy communities and this funding for books, recordings, electronic archives and events will support and build a strong Indigenous culture. “The Indigenous Culture Support program assists in the transmission of knowledge and skills across generations to build sustainable communities. “In the Territory that means $12,500 to help build a cultural space for the Ampilatwatja community, and $55,900 for Waltja Tjutangku Palyapai Aboriginal Corporation to teach young mothers in the Western Desert traditional women’s cultural practices. “It means $50,500 to develop a multi-media production centre at Yirrkala and it means $78,250 to support Indigenous cultural activities in Tennant Creek.” Mr Snowdon said Indigenous culture is one of the Territory’s richest resources, and it’s critical for the future to support new forms of cultural expression, cultural exchange and projects to increase public awareness of Indigenous culture. “These 20 projects do more than archive culture,” Mr Snowdon said. “They build a stronger sense of community, foster self esteem, enhance skills and build on existing community projects and organisational infrastructure.” The 2008-09 Indigenous Cultural Support program funding is part of the Australian Government’s whole of government Indigenous funding round. For more details about the program and a full list of the projects supported in 2008-09 visit

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ICS Warlpiri Media Association

A pilot program that provides community access to a digital cultural archive in Yuendumu.



Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation

Maintain and develop a cultural program for the Lajamanu community. $40,000

ICS Bawinanga Aboriginal


Record, promote and archive traditional music, song cycles and language from the Maningrida region.


ICS Centre for Appropriate


Create an electronic archive for Ali Curung community cultural materials.


ICS Djilpin Arts Aboriginal


Contribute to the Walking With Spirits Festival and cultural performances by the Wulgularr community.


ICS Groote Eylandt and

Milyakburra Youth Development Unit

Maintain culture and facilitate transfer to youth through art, dance and stories in Groote Eylandt communities.


ICS Institute for Aboriginal


Publish a book of traditional stories and images of the Arrente people.


ICS Jawoyn Association

Aboriginal Corporation Facilitate community participation in the Barunga Festival.


ICS Julalikari Council Aboriginal


Promote and support Indigenous cultural activities in Tennant Creek.


ICS Ngaanyatjarra Media

Aboriginal Corporation Support the Ngaanyatjarra Cultural Performance and Recordings project.


ICS Tangentyere Council Maintain and promote

regional Indigenous culture through Tangentyere art development.


ICS Tangentyere Council Record, preserve and

digitally archive cultural materials in Tangentyere.


ICS Victoria Daly Shire Council Provide a regional

coordination role for community involvement in cultural festivals in the Victoria Daly Shire.


ICS Waltja Tjutangku Palyapai

Aboriginal Corporation Maintain and teach traditional women's cultural practices to young mothers in


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Western Desert communities.

ICS Barkly Shire Council Support the Kulamindini

arts and cultural maintenance project based in Elliot.


ICS Barkly Shire Council Construct a culturally

appropriate space for community activities in the Ampilatwatja community.


ICS East Arnhem Shire Council Provide a digital cultural archive service and multi-media production centre at Yirrkala.


ICS Roper Gulf Shire Council Develop and deliver

cultural festivals in the Roper Gulf Shire.


ICS Roper Gulf Shire Council Support the

development, maintenance and cross generational transmission of Indigenous culture within communities of the Roper Gulf Shire.


ICS Yothu Yindi Foundation Deliver the Annual

Garma Festival of Traditional Culture held in North East Arnhem Land.