Grants for museum and boardwalk
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.