Fund­ing boost for Abo­rig­i­nal cen­tre

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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