Local Indigenous Groups get a Funding Boost
Aug 31, 2015
Two local indigenous groups are set to benefit from funding, facilitated by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG), for activities that protect and enhance culturally significant sites and assist in the capture and exchange of Traditional Knowledge.
Butchulla Men’s Business Aboriginal Association and the Djakunda Traditional Owners Corporation were successful in their applications for two $10,000 Cultural Site and Knowledge Grants.
This project is supported by BMRG through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. The Butchulla Men’s Business Aboriginal Association will conduct a series of four weekend training workshops designed to provide a group of 10 Butchulla men with the skills to recognise and identify cultural sites, appropriately record them and identify potential threats to these sites. They will use this knowledge to develop management plans to ensure identified sites are protected for the future. The group will then go out to a known culturally important site in the area to put their newly acquired skills into action by assessing a stone fish trap and shell middens.
The Djaku-nde Traditional Owners Corporation project will record Elders and Traditional knowledge holders in the Monto region’s cultural stories and in particular their traditional water management practices. Where possible, this information will be used to help inform future decisions about water quality and the management of riparian zones in the region.
BMRG CEO, Penny Hall said that the two projects are an opportunity for Traditional Owners to pass on cultural knowledge within their respective groups and that by registering sites, aboriginal involvement in future planning and development is possible.
“These two projects will provide opportunities for stronger connections within the Djaku-nda and Butchulla Traditional Owner Groups and increase their skills and capacity in understanding how to identify significant cultural sites and their cultural importance. The data developed through the projects will also be added to the Queensland Cultural Heritage Sites register which then helps to inform future planning and development.”
“There is a lot that Traditional Owners can add to our understanding of natural resource management. As land custodians they have a track record of thousands of years of working with natural environments successfully.”
“These projects will have the dual benefit of increased recognition of culturally significant sites and active participation between Traditional Owner groups and the wider community” she said.