The Aboriginal Advancement Council has been given a $180,000 boost to complete building works to help promote Aboriginal culture in Western Australia.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Dr Kim Hames presented the AAC with the Lotteries Commission grant this afternoon during a visit to the main centre.
Dr Hames said the funds were proposed to complete renovations of the building at Beaufort Street, Perth and work at the community centre in nearby Lindsay Street.
The funding demonstrated the State Government’s ongoing commitment to recognise the contribution and importance of Aboriginal culture and advancement to the State.
“These funds will allow the completion of two buildings which are vital in supporting Aboriginal culture,” Dr Hames said.
“The buildings will provide venues that not only attract Aboriginal people but also business opportunities and interest from the wider community.”
Dr Hames said the AAC was formed in the early 1960s to represent the broad cross-section of the State’s Indigenous community and promote Aboriginal self-determination in Western Australia.
The community centre showcased Aboriginal culture, while also offering inter-cultural programs to help further advance understanding and support.
“It provides a venue for Aboriginal people to meet, share ideas, express their creativity and become more involved in the life of the city,” Dr Hames said.
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