The Morrison Government is supporting eligible land-owners and managers to improve the conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said three local organisations had been successful under the federal government’s Heritage Grants Program.
The successful organisations include:
Dabu Jajikal Aboriginal Corporation: $194,652
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation: $400,000
Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre: $195,000
“I am delighted to see these three organisations awarded funding for their respective projects,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Dabu Jajikal Aboriginal Corporation project will promote and protect the special indigenous values of the Great Barrier Reef.
“The Jajikal Sea Country people of Cape York hold unique Cultural Stories and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Reef
“They will share this information through the development of a digital knowledge library and the ‘Jajikal Reef Life’ phone App.
“Features of the App will include video, audio stories by elders, illustrations and an mapping function to enable user to visit and enjoy the sites.
“The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation project will develop a new management plan for the 2012 National Heritage Listed Indigenous cultural values of the Wet Tropics of Queensland
“Project activities will deliver indigenous spatial identities mapping pilots, support existing and emerging cultural values management systems, develop cultural values capacity, update intellectual cultural property kit and progress a Wet Tropics cultural landscape nomination on the Queensland Heritage Register.
“The Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre will develop interactive and interpretive display will provide an immersive experience to its visitors on the key natural values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
“It will use varying forms from 2D, 3D, digital and interactive display formats that will tell the story of how the Wet Tropics formed and the processes and events that shaped it, the biodiversity and endemism found in it.”
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said under the program, National Heritage Listed places can receive funding to protect and promote their heritage values through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.
“The Australian Government provides up to $5.3 million a year in grants of between $25,000 and $400,000, for projects improving the conservation and protection of National Heritage Listed areas,” Ms Ley said.
“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.”