The preservation of three of Durack’s historically significant sites in the West Kimberley will be strengthened through investment from the Federal Government, ensuring Australians can continue to experience and learn about their nation’s unique heritage.
Minister for the Environment and Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Federal Government would invest $676,590 in three projects in the Kimberley to build recognition, management, conservation and public engagement of Australia’s iconic National Heritage Listed places.
The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia’s outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks.
Minister Price said National Heritage List sites were an integral part of Australia’s identity, telling stories of the moments that made our unique history and she is pleased to see this funding come to Durack for helping preserve and showcase these amazing pieces of our history.
“These projects will ensure the preservation, conservation and management of the protected sites whilst increasing the public’s understanding of, and engagement with them,” Minister Price said.
“Durack has some amazing, unique history going back many thousands of years and I’m pleased funding has been allocated to these worthy projects.”
The three projects are:
· Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation for West Kimberley Wanjina and Gwion rock art – $150,000
This project aims to maintain and protect the Wanjina Wunggurr Homeland associated Wanjina and Gwion rock art whilst enhancing visitor experience.
· Dunkeld Pastoral Company, West Kimberley for cross tenure feral animal control in the West Kimberley – $126,590
To reduce feral herbivore numbers from high value areas including rock art sites, rivers, wetlands and high biodiversity sites; initiate monitoring program of feral animal impacts on rock art sites in the Wilinggin Indigenous Protected Area.
· Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation for a conservation and Management Plan for the National Heritage Fitzroy River – $400,000
For investment in research, development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of a Conservation and Catchment Management Plan for the Fitzroy River.
This is the first round delivered under the Australian Heritage Grants Program, announced in the 2018 budget for funding of up to $21.4 million to be made available between 2018-19 to 2021-22, with $5.7 million per annum being provided from 2022-23 onwards.
This funding replaces the previous Protecting National Heritage Sites Program and the National Trusts Partnership Program, and builds on the Government’s commitments to preserve important pieces of Australian history.
Over the last seven years, $36 million has been invested to support the work of owners and managers of historic places and sites on the National Heritage List.