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The Hon. Peter Garrett MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

$3.3 million boost to Indigenous heritage protection

Media Release
7 July 2009

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More than $3 million in Australian Government funding will help identify, protect and share Australia's Indigenous heritage.

Funding for 50 Indigenous heritage projects through the Australian Government's Indigenous Heritage Program, was announced today by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett.

Mr Garrett said funding will help community groups and individuals to identify, conserve and promote the heritage values of places important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"Indigenous heritage sites occupy a special place in our nation's history and I am extremely pleased to announce this funding during NAIDOC Week," Mr Garrett said.

"These 50 projects are spread across the country and cover a wide range of activities. Importantly, all projects aim to maintain and protect Indigenous heritage values which make a vital contribution to Australia's rich heritage."

The projects funded include:

"It is crucial we protect, preserve and promote these places for future generations and there is no better time to acknowledge this than during NAIDOC Week," Mr Garrett said.

NAIDOC Week is an annual event to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Indigenous Heritage Program is delivered in cooperation with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) as part of the whole of government delivery of services to Indigenous Australians.

A full list of the projects that have received 2009-10 Indigenous Heritage Program funding is available at www.environment.gov.au/heritage/programs/ihp/outcomes-09-10.html

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