Indigenous heritage is at the forefront of the third round of the Morrison Government’s National Heritage Grants with more than $5.7 million in funding for 25 projects, helping to create jobs, boost visitor numbers and protect historic sites across the country.
Member for Wannon, welcomed the announcement of two successful projects in the Grampians National Park.
The ‘Gariwerd Rock Art Management Forum’ attracted funding of $192,500 and will bring together Indigenous rangers from across Australia to discuss best practice rock art conservation and cultural heritage management.
The second project will see Nature Glenelg Pty Ltd funded $198,000 to document the health of the Wannon River in the Grampians National Park. This will include undertaking ecological and hydrological assessments along the Upper Wannon River to identify the impacts associated with the past 50 years of artificial diversions of the upper Wannon River tributaries.
“These projects continue to ensure the heritage values of the National Park are developed, whilst recognising and protecting the the park as a place of national and cultural significances”, said Mr Tehan
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said this year’s round focussed on preserving and promoting the enduring culture of First Nations Australians and on supporting the long-term resilience of important sites like the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness and Fraser Island (K’gari).
“I am delighted to announce this year’s Australian Heritage Grants which are a celebration of the irreplaceable legacy of our cultural, natural and historic heritage and a commitment to safeguard its resilience into the future,” Minister Ley said.
“This year’s funding round was especially focussed on preserving and promoting the enduring culture of First Nations Australians and on supporting the long-term resilience of the many important and world-renowned sites we have in our states and territories.
“Funding for the successful projects will also support both public and privately owned and operated National Heritage List places hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions and will help create jobs, increase visitation and boost visitor numbers.”