Grants available to indigenous and traditional owners
FOLLOWING on from the success of the first round of Indigenous grants, the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) is announcing a second round of funding under the National Landcare Program.
Three grants of $10,000 are available for Indigenous and Traditional Owner groups to implement projects that create a better understanding of the region's significant cultural heritage and the identification and preservation of sites of historical importance.
In the first round, two unique and innovative projects were funded.
The Butchulla Men's Business Aboriginal Corporation was able to implement a series of training camps for local Butchulla men and boys to help them re-establish traditional skills and links to the cultural and historical heritage of Butchulla lands.
The Djaku-nde Traditonal Owner group has used funding to embark upon a Traditional Knowledge recording focussed on the waterways and aquifers of the upper Burnett River capturing traditional stories about traditional water management practices.
Local Butchulla Traditional Owner, Glen Miller who formed the Butchulla Men's Business Aboriginal Corporation said that the funding has provided a positive outcome for local Butchulla men and boys.
"We have been able to get them out and looking at where our people lived and worked before us and it has also given them new skills so that they can protect and physically restore some of our significant places for future generations" he said.
The new funding will assist in the development of other unique and innovative projects that support raising awareness of the significance of cultural heritage values and to reconnect Indigenous communities to Country.
BMRG's Indigenous Engagement Officer, Paul Dawson, says that supporting Aboriginal communities to rejuvenate connections to cultural heritage and knowledge about country is important work.
"This funding provides opportunity for Aboriginal groups to drive priority projects that benefit their communities and their country, which in the end is important for the broader community and Natural Resource Management throughout the region." he said.
Expressions of interest, guidelines and application information is available on the BMRG website www.bmrg.org.au.
For more information, please contact Paul Dawson on (07) 4181 2999 (ext 325).