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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Indigenous Heritage Program grants

Media release
1 March 2013

Federal Heritage Minister Tony Burke today announced the successful applicants for the Gillard Government's Indigenous Heritage program.

The Indigenous Heritage Program aims to support, identify, promote and conserve the Indigenous heritage values of places important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Mr Burke said the Government was supporting 55 projects across Australia, including several multi-year projects.

"Heritage isn't simply a story of sandstone convict buildings and indigenous heritage isn't merely an early chapter,'' Mr Burke said.

"Indigenous heritage is the foundation of the Australian story.

"These sites tell the stories of different communities and in turn tell the story of our nation.

"Protecting and caring for these sites has been a task for millennia and a continuing commitment today.

"The program can also help in identifying Indigenous places which may have outstanding national value to Australia for inclusion in the National Heritage List.

"This funding will assist projects for the conservation of burial sites, conservation management plans, heritage surveys, interpretative signage, pamphlets, books and repair work."

In the Wet Tropics, the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation will receive close to $350,000 for the development of an Eastern Kuku Yalanji Cultural Heritage Management Framework for the management of cultural heritage data across Eastern Kuku Yalanji country and interpretive and explorative work for potential world heritage values in the region.

In South Australia, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield will receive close to $100,000 for the establishment of an interpretive trail to raise awareness of the Kaurna history and heritage of the area to the community and visitors.

The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Council in the Northern Territory will receive $216,000 to document the significant Indigenous heritage sites in Mirarr Gundjeihmi country, to develop management plans and to assist in the transfer of cultural knowledge from local elders to the next generation.

A study by the Aboriginal Heritage Office Northern Region to develop conservation and management plans for northern Sydney's Aboriginal sites to protect them from coastal erosion is also being funded. The Aboriginal Heritage Office Northern Region will also receive funding to identify previously unrecorded sites in northern Sydney's urban bushland in council reserves and parks.

In Western Australia, the Kalyuku Ninti-Puntuku Ngurra Ltd will receive over $85,000 to comprehensively map and document waterholes and other significant sites along cultural routes in the northern part of Martu country and the Gibson desert as part of a broader strategy to re-engage young Martu with their country.

"Indigenous heritage projects provide education, training, employment and business opportunities that help Indigenous Australians meet their cultural obligations to care for country and maintain traditions,'' Mr Burke said.

"The Gillard Government is committed to closing the gap of disadvantage between Indigenous and non Indigenous people.

"Our investment in programs such as the Indigenous heritage grants provides employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people which enables healthier and more productive livelihoods."

For a full list of successful applicants go to