Funding boost for Aboriginal centre
READ IT ONLINE FIRST NORTHAM received a $ 2 million boost to assist with the construction and fitout of the new Aboriginal and Environmental Interpretive Centre.
Central Wheatbelt MLA Mia Davies presented the LotteryWest cheque to the Shire at a recent presentation.
“I am delighted that the community can be part of a project that will highlight the region’s rich Aboriginal cul- ture and heritage,” Ms Davies said. “It is a significant step in the reconciliation journey.
“The new facility will also be a resource showcasing the natural environment of the Avon Valley.”
The interpretive centre will be located next to Northam Visitor Centre on the foreshore of the Avon River.
Inside, there will be an interactive educational experience to recognise the important regional Aboriginal heritage and a showcase of the Ballardong Noongar culture.
Ms Davies said the centre would bring to fruition years of planning to provide an educational and cultural activity hub for the regional community and visitors to the area.
“The interpretive centre will combine Aboriginal knowledge and heritage with environmental and conservation programs to develop approaches to land management that incorporate traditional principles,” she said.
The centre also attracted funding from Royalties for Regions’ Wheatbelt regional grant scheme and through Federal grant programs.
LotteryWest will help fund Northam’s Aboriginal and Environmental Interpretative Centre.