Indigenous heritage is at the forefront of the third round of the Morrison Government’s National Heritage Grants with more than $5.7 million in funding for 25 projects, helping to create jobs, boost visitor numbers and protect historic sites across the country.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said this year’s round focussed on preserving and promoting the enduring culture of First Nations Australians and on supporting the long-term resilience of important sites like the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Wilderness and Fraser Island (K’gari).
“I am delighted to announce this year’s Australian Heritage Grants which are a celebration of the irreplaceable legacy of our cultural, natural and historic heritage and a commitment to safeguard its resilience into the future,” Minister Ley said.
“This year’s funding round was especially focussed on preserving and promoting the enduring culture of First Nations Australians and on supporting the long-term resilience of the many important and world-renowned sites we have in our states and territories.
Member for Barker, Tony Pasin welcomed the announcement.
“I am pleased the Australian Fossil Mammal Site at Naracoorte has been awarded this funding to undertake scientific assessment and inventory of the palaeontological, biological and geological values of Naracoorte Caves.”
“It is important our National Heritage Listed places continue to reflect the richness of our Australian heritage and continue to be recognised for their natural, Indigenous and historic values.”
“This program helps build a strong sense of identity for many communities at the centre of National Heritage Listed Areas. We want to ensure our places of national and cultural significant value are protected and maintained for their communities and for future generations.”
Funding for the successful projects will also support both public and privately owned and operated National Heritage List places hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions and will help create jobs, increase visitation, and boost visitor numbers.