Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    More protection for Aboriginal heritage sites with grants awarded

    24/04/2023 12:00 AM

    • Nine Aboriginal organisations receive grant packages of up to $40,000 for projects 
    • Local organisations to use grants to preserve and improve significant Aboriginal Heritage sites across WA
    • Over $2 million has been dedicated since the program's commencement in 2014 

    The McGowan Government has allocated more than $350,000 to support nine Aboriginal organisations to manage cultural heritage projects.


    Aboriginal Affairs Minister Dr Tony Buti said this year's grants - ranging up to $40,000 - were awarded through the 2023 Preserve, Promote and Protect our Aboriginal Sites program.


    The heritage projects are designed to enhance the cultural development of the local community and cultivate a broader understanding of this ancient history for all Western Australians. 


    Recipients include the Marribank Aboriginal Corporation in the South-West to fence historic grave sites, maintain the environment and revitalise waterways in the Shire of Kojonup.


    In the Mid-West, the Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation will fund members of the Wajarri Yamaji community to maintain the important Walga Rock Aboriginal rock art site depicting 17th Century European ships visiting the Western Australian coast.


    Other recipients include the Budadee Aboriginal Corporation, the Woodstock-Abydos Protected Reserve, and Kimberley's Yawuru PBC/Nyamba Buru Limited to preserve 'Morgan's Camp' on the Burrgugun site. 


    Since 2014, more than $2 million has been allocated to 80 Aboriginal groups across the State to help them manage Aboriginal sites listed on the Register of Places and Objects.


    More information on the grants program can be found at: 2022-2023 Aboriginal Heritage Grants (www.wa.gov.au)


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:


    "Congratulations to all the grant recipients in their endeavours to protect vital WA history and preserve a connection to Aboriginal people's heritage and culture.


    "Our Government is committed to assisting Aboriginal organisations in their endeavours to recognise and protect important heritage sites that reflect a high degree of social and cultural importance for Aboriginal culture.


    "This is another great example of Aboriginal organisations actively identifying and working towards preserving their heritage for their community and all Western Australians."


    Minister's office - 6552 6400


    2022-23 Promote, Preserve and Protect our Aboriginal sites grant recipients

    Grant RecipientProjectGrant Amount (ex GST)Project Summary

    Wajarri Yamaji AC RNTBC


    Walga Rock - Yearly Maintenance Program$37,680.00A yearly calendar of maintenance works and site visits undertaken by 1 team leader and 2 young Wajarri men to care for the condition of site and Protected Area Walga Rock.

    Yawuru PBC/Nyamba Buru Yawuru Limited Ltd.


    Kunin's (Fishermen's Bend) Water Project$40,000.00Water Project to install a water bore, tank and poly-piping to service proposed toilets and showers for Kunin's (Fishermen's Bend) Cultural precinct, facilitating the Yawuru people's ongoing customary law and cultural practices.

    Abmusic Aboriginal Corporation

    (Metro - South Perth)

    Preserving the Legacy of Abmusic Aboriginal Corporation$10,000.00Upgrades to the Abmusic facility at the Clontarf site to protect its heritage value and facilitate community use. Includes replacement of whiteboards, tables, chairs, site clean-up, and upgrade of locks and handles for security.

    Yawuru PBC/Nyamba Buru Limited


    Preserving Morgan's Camp Pearling Cottage$40,000.00Restoration and preservation of the only remaining pearling cottage situated at Burrgugun, or "Morgan's Camp". Works will replace missing timber shutters and a door, upgrade fencing, painting, install interpretive signage, and engage an Aboriginal carpenter.
    Marribank Aboriginal Corporation
    Restoration of Marribanks Waterways and Protection of Cemetery Sites$40,000.00Fencing of Carrolup grave sites to protect them from livestock, reduction of fuel loads, and restoration of surrounding waterways.

    As One Nyitting LTD

    (Metro - City of Swan)

    Wirraloo Boodja Project$39,600.00Environmental toilet facilities to enable on-country education programs to be delivered with comfort, and improved fencing and signage to manage public access.

    Budadee Aboriginal Corporation


    The Cultural Safety Project$39,630.19Installation of cultural signage and fencing at Nullagine Engravings and Woodstock-Abydos Protected Reserve, which are significant sites connected with the Seven Sisters Songline. This will be followed by a two-day installation program led by Traditional Owners and Budadee Rangers, with cultural supervision from Elders.

    TR Foundation


    Orange Rock Hole Graffiti Removal Project$26,448.00Removal of graffiti affecting the cultural integrity of Orange Rock Hole in co-operation with Mallina representatives, and to build their capacity in culturally appropriate land management activities, resulting in nationally accredited training.

    Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation


    Willi Gulli Protection Plan, Stage 1$40,000.00Community consultation engaging senior custodians and coordinated through the Hutt River Cultural Committee to define an action plan to identify implementation of protective measures for Willi Gulli Complex Protected Area.
    Jamukurnu Yapalikurunu (Western Desert Lands) CorpStrelley Cemetery Upgrade Works$40,000.00Supply and install cemetery fencing to protect and improve access to the active community cemetery and significant cultural heritage site in the context of the 1946 Pastoral Strike Movement and contains the burials of some of the key figures of the Pastoral Strike.