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$500,000 boost to close the gap and support Aboriginal culture, community and connection in NSW

Almost 30 Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations will share in $500,000 to celebrate Aboriginal culture in NSW, under the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Cultural Grants Program.

The program supports Aboriginal communities to strengthen, protect and maintain traditional and contemporary expressions of Aboriginal culture and support cultural events and activities. These projects makeup the first round of the $1 million program which aims to further strengthen and celebrate Aboriginal culture locally across the State.

Applications for round two are now open and will close on 26 February 2024.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty David Harris said the funded projects will help deliver a key priority of the National Closing the Gap agreement that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy high levels of social and emotional wellbeing and connection to country.

“From powerful public art to films and festivals, this funding will not only provide Aboriginal people and communities the opportunity to join together in the strength of their culture, it will also allow all of us to gain a deeper appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of this land,” Mr Harris said.

“In what can feel like serious and challenging times, this is the boost we all need. “The funded projects are designed to boost connection to culture and Community for Aboriginal people across NSW and give the wider community a greater appreciation for the strength and beauty of the world’s oldest continuous culture. The grants also provide opportunities for leadership and healing, teaching and learning.

“In the next few months, keep an eye out for events such as the Saltwater Freshwater Festival on the Mid-North Coast, weaving and painting workshops through West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council, and a 40th anniversary exhibition by the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council, amongst other engaging events and activities.”

“This small but significant investment will ensure Aboriginal culture continues to thrive in our great state, delivering benefit for the whole community.”

Projects funded under the Program include:

  • Art workshops hosted by Gomeroi artists, by Indigico Creative Pty LTD in Tamworth
  • Holistic healing camps for First National youth, by Mental Health for Mob Corporation in Karabar
  • A modern day corroboree bringing together six Aboriginal communities to dance and share cultural knowledge, by Warrama-li Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Corporation in Mungindi
  • Cultural activities delivered by the Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Youth mentoring Programs in Macquarie Fields
  • Celebration of 40 years of service to Aboriginal women and families by Waminda, South Coast Women’s Health and Wellbeing Aboriginal Corporation 52 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000 GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001 2 OFFICIAL OFFICIAL
  • Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Incorporated will provide an opportunity for young Aboriginal people to play with renowned First Nations sporting stars at Tuggerah. This will also provide a significant platform for Aboriginal individuals to showcase their talent and skillset before a distinguished audience
  • Celebration of 40 years of the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and rich history of the local community in Liverpool
  • Culture Camp, hosted by the Returning Indigenous Corporation, providing an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to gather together on Country in Midginbil

For more detail on the Program and a list of recipients head to the Aboriginal Affairs NSW Cultural Grants Program page.

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