Grants for mu­seum and board­walk

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A long-mooted mu­seum for Roe­bourne is one step closer to re­al­i­sa­tion, with the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing a $300,000 in­jec­tion of funds into the indigenous or­gan­i­sa­tion-backed pro­ject.

Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion has toyed with the idea of a mu­seum to go with the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre, but has so far been un­able to raise enough funds to get it off the ground.

NYFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Maloney was not avail­able for com­ment.

The fund­ing falls un­der the Re­gional Grants Scheme, which has also ap­proved a grant to up­grade the Ian Blair Board­walk in Onslow.

The $800,000 pro­ject in­cludes the re­place­ment of 647m of ex­ist­ing tim­ber with new wood-plas­tic com­pos­ite deck­ing, the in­clu­sion of handrails and posts as well as the in­stal­la­tion of 21 in­ter­pre­tive signs.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the pro­ject would en­sure the board­walk re­mained an in­te­gral part of the Onslow com­mu­nity’s recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The fund­ing re­ceived to re­vi­talise the Ian Blair Board­walk is a boost for Onslow as it pro­vides im­proved life­style and tourism ben­e­fits to the town,” she said.

“It will also help keep the his­tory of Onslow alive.”

Works to be un­der­taken will com­plete the to­tal up­grade of the board­walk and pro­vide a safe, se­cure and ac­ces­si­ble walk­way.

New in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage will en­able the sto­ries of the Onslow area gen­er­ally, in­clud­ing its indigenous, pas­toral and other his­to­ries to be shared, which will de­liver a his­tor­i­cal and in­ter­est­ing con­text for vis­i­tors to Onslow as well as the po­ten­tial to in­crease dwell time and in turn, di­rect eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

Other grant re­cip­i­ents in­cluded the City of Kar­ratha for the Mait­land Road Node and Wangka Maya Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Lan­guage Cen­tre.

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