Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    Grants set to preserve unique Aboriginal heritage sites

    28/05/2020 8:00 AM
    • Thirteen Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to share $250,000 in grant funding
    • State Government supports preservation and protection of Aboriginal heritage
    • $1.5 million granted to protect over 50 Aboriginal heritage sites since 2014

    The McGowan Government is providing $250,000 in grants to preserve and promote Aboriginal heritage sites across Western Australia.


    Through the Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grants program, 13 not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations will share in grants totalling $250,000 for a range of projects to protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites across the State.


    The grants will protect ancient rock art, remove graffiti, and share stories through interpretive signage designed by Aboriginal artists, and installed at natural walking trails.


    The funding will also be used to carry out complex site restorations, protect Aboriginal graves, and deliver on-the-ground land management and maintenance.


    Over the last six years, $1.5 million has been committed to assist over 50 Aboriginal not‑for‑profit organisations to manage registered Aboriginal sites and ensure important parts of the State's history are protected for future generations.


    More information on the grants program can be found at http://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/preserving-aboriginal-sites-grants-program


    Comments attributed to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the economic and cultural development of Aboriginal people, and ensuring that our cultural stories can be shared and sacred sites are protected.


    "I congratulate all 13 Aboriginal organisations which have identified projects that need protection, restoration and also promotion for wider community appreciation and interest.


    "These grants will enable Aboriginal people to protect and honour their cultural heritage, and preserve their history for future generations, and provide new opportunities for visitors and the Western Australian community to connect with Aboriginal culture."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900