30/01/2006 - 13:29

$2.6 million Indigenous infrastructure projects for regional WA

30/01/2006 - 13:29

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The State Government has committed $2.6 million in funding to Indigenous infrastructure development projects in regional Western Australia.

$2.6 million Indigenous infrastructure projects for regional WA

The State Government has committed $2.6 million in funding to Indigenous infrastructure development projects in regional Western Australia.

Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler announced that 12 indigenous community organisations across the State would receive grants through the Indigenous Regional Development Program (IRDP).

The funds provided through IRDP are part of the State Government's $80 million Regional Investment Fund (RIF).

"These projects will help regional indigenous communities improve new, developing enterprises which can provide additional income and employment for these communities," Mr Bowler said.

Some of the projects to be awarded funding include $126,520 to the Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation to assist with the development and restoration of a Heritage Museum, and $500,000 to the Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange for construction of an art and cultural centre in the Kimberley.

Among others to receive funding was the Shire of Kellerberrin in the wheat-belt which was granted $155,000 to upgrade two buildings in Kellerberrin's main street to house indigenous art and artifacts, and establish a Noongar language and visitor centre.

"The funds will not only be a major benefit to particular groups, but will also enhance the growth and sustainability of their communities," Mr Bowler said.

Mr Bowler said the State Government would continue to work closely with regional communities to encourage sustainable development and provide high quality services and facilities, regardless of where they lived.

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