Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    $200,000 grants boost to preserve Aboriginal heritage sites

    4/06/2021 6:00 AM
    • Ten Aboriginal groups to share in annual Aboriginal heritage grants package
    • Grants will preserve and protect cultural heritage, and create local jobs and training opportunities
    • $1.7 million granted to more than 60 Aboriginal heritage sites since 2014

    Aboriginal communities and an array of cultural heritage projects across Western Australia will benefit from a $200,000 State Government grants package.


    The 2021 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grants program has awarded grants to 10 not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations to undertake projects that will protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites across the State.


    The grants will also foster economic development in local communities by creating jobs and building local skills and training opportunities through the various projects and methodologies employed to protect and preserve cultural heritage sites.


    This year, grants from $6,447 to $30,000 will help share cultural stories through interpretive signage designed by Aboriginal artists, install fencing to protect gravesites and protected areas, establish a Keeping Place for cultural materials and help preserve Aboriginal heritage through cultural mapping, site restorations and ongoing land management and maintenance.


    Since 2014, $1.7 million has helped more than 60 Aboriginal groups to manage registered Aboriginal sites and preserve important parts of the State's history.


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


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "I congratulate these Aboriginal organisations for their success in identifying local projects that will preserve and protect their cultural heritage around the State.


    "These grants reflect the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to the economic and cultural development of Aboriginal communities and preservation of their ancient heritage.


    "The grants help traditional owners and knowledge holders transfer Aboriginal culture to emerging generations, protect cultural sites and tell stories of their heritage. Local jobs and training benefits also serve to preserve and promote new economic opportunities and share Aboriginal culture with the Western Australian community."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800  


    2020-21 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant recipients

    Grant recipientProjectGrant amount
    (ex GST)
    Albany Aboriginal Corporation
    (Great Southern - Albany)
    Restoring Paddy Coyne Complex$29,825
    Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation
    Reconnecting and revitalising the heritage place in Bunuba Western Muwayi$14,750
    Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation
    Project (South West)
    Gnowangerup Spring Remediation$20,000
    Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation
    (Mid-West - Meekatharra)
    Cultural mapping and preservation of Nichol Springs$19,000
    Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre
    Protecting Cultural Material in the Kimberley - Constructing a KALACC Keeping Place at Ludu$30,000
    Kulyamba Aboriginal Corporation
    (Gascoyne - Carnarvon)
    Preserving Sites on Ullawarra, Glenforrie, Williambury and Mangaroon Pastoral Leases$6,447
    Malgana Aboriginal Corporation
    Interpretive signage program and rehabilitation of culturally significant sites by Aboriginal Rangers on Wilyibidi and Gathaagudu$22,604
    Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation
    Ngarluma Heritage Site Fencing Project$23,177
    Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation
    Bungarun Leprosarium Cemetery Fencing$23,099
    Yarramoup Aboriginal Corporation
    (Goldfields-Esperance - Ravensthorpe)
    Kukanarup and Wangup Road - Maintenance and Repairs Project$7,582