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Working on Country funding available for the North Coast

Githabul Rangers and LandholdersNorth Coast Local Land Services has announced funding to help Aboriginal communities to manage and protect Country.

The Working on Country funding program will provide support in the range of $30,000 to $80,000 per project in the following areas:

  • Identifying, capturing, protecting or transferring Aboriginal  traditional knowledge and cultural heritage
  • Developing or implementing Aboriginal land management plans
  • Working on Country to manage natural and cultural resources

Individual project proposals are sought in the range of $30,000 to $80,000. Across the North Coast Region a total of up to $288,000 has been made available through both the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the NSW Government’s Catchment Action NSW Program.

Piers Harper, Senior Land Services Officer said, “We are seeking project proposals from Aboriginal organisations, or those organisations working in partnership with them, to deliver services that deliver long term solutions to Working on Country.

“This funding is designed to achieve employment outcomes for Aboriginal people and help to support Aboriginal environmental and cultural teams to work on Country to protect and manage vegetation, threatened species habitats and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The North Coast region is the traditional home to a number of Aboriginal nations.  Throughout the landscape there are cultural sites, special places and physical evidence of land use such as rock art, culturally modified trees, grinding grooves, artefact scatters and midden sites.

These are the places where traditional skills, knowledge and cultural practices are passed down from generation to generation.

Piers said North Coast Local Land Services recognises the importance and value of traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources and productive agricultural land.

“Our projects deliver services that support Aboriginal people to care for Country, protect cultural heritage and share traditional land management knowledge.

“We value the contributions of the NSW and Australian Governments who fund these on-ground projects, resulting in a healthier and more productive environment and opportunities to build stronger relationships with the Aboriginal community,” Piers said.

Aboriginal organisations who wish to apply for this funding or receive more information can visit the North Coast Local Land Services website or contact Barry Williams on 0427 234 048 or by e-mail or Piers Harper on 6659 9403 or by e-mail.

Media contact:

Piers Harper, Senior Land Services Officer, Phone 6659 9403

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The Working on Country funding will support skill development, grow healthy environments and provide opportunities to build relationships.