The Australian Government is investing more than $12 million to support a number of Indigenous arts, culture and heritage projects in the Northern Territory, the Minister for Arts and Heritage, Peter Garrett, announced today.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting Indigenous communities through funding for Indigenous arts, culture, languages, broadcasting and heritage conservation activities in communities right across Australia,” Mr Garrett said.
The Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Federal Member for Solomon, Damien Hale said the funding will be delivered from five different government programs, as follows:
$3.5 million is supporting 29 projects through the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support Program assisting art centres to become stronger and to build a more sustainable Indigenous visual arts industry. This includes $150,000 for operational and administration costs at the Mimi Arts and Craft Aboriginal Corporation in Katherine. Since 2007 the Rudd Government has increased funding to the Indigenous visual arts sector by over $17 million.
$5 million will be invested in 18 projects through the Indigenous Broadcasting Program for Indigenous community radio services in remote, regional and urban Australia. This includes $620,000 to the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association for operational support for RIMO service delivery to 27 licensed RIBS across the Territory’s top end.
$1 million is supporting 24 projects through the Indigenous Culture Support Program helps maintain and develop Indigenous culture in local communities. This includes $64,800 for the Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation in Alice Springs for an initiative that exchanges cultural knowledge on child-rearing practice between young Indigenous mothers and Elders in central Australia.
$1.5 million will fun 13 projects under the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records Program which supports a network of community-based language centres and language organisations. This includes $312,500 for the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education to support the Wadeye Aboriginal Languages Centre to maintain and revive Marri and Murrinhpatha languages, and to develop a Marri language on-line dictionary.
“The Indigenous Heritage Program recognises that Indigenous heritage is a significant part of our nation’s past, present and future story. Funding of $328,000 for five projects includes $87,800 for the Fragile First Impressions project to record and conserve rock art in the Warrdeken Indigenous Protected Area in western Arnhem Land.
“It is crucial that as a nation we continue to protect, preserve and promote Indigenous arts, culture and heritage to help build a diverse and dynamic Australia,” Mr Garrett said
The announcement of funding for Northern Territory projects was welcomed by Mr Snowdon and Mr Hale.
“This is excellent news for the Northern Territory. The arts, culture and heritage activities receiving support open up employment opportunities for Indigenous people across the Territory,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The Government’s is committed to Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage and these great programs really assist local communities in building skills, experience and overall well-being,” Mr Hale said.
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