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Fresh funding for indigenous groups in shire

By Campaspe News

CAMPASPE Shire’s traditional custodians are now eligible for a third round of grants from the Victorian government in Labor’s bid to fulfil its pre-election promises.

The Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Yorta Yorta peoples can strengthen their organisations and community infrastructure with the funds, which allow $50,000 for infrastructure growth feasibility studies and $1.5 million for projects ranging from small building repairs and additional car parks or buildings.

The grant follows two previous rounds supporting 39 Aboriginal groups throughout Victoria in an aim to boost community infrastructure, self-determination and social and economic development.

“We want to strengthen Aboriginal organisations so they have the facilities and services they need to support their communities – this is vital work,” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

Aboriginal Community Elders Services in Brunswick was successful at receiving $470,000 over 2017/18 to create quality and culturally appropriate environments to enhance quality of life in indigenous groups, as well as fostering a connection to country and community.

“It is clear from the overwhelming response to the first two years of this program that there is a strong and growing demand for investment in Aboriginal community infrastructure. I look forward to supporting Aboriginal knowledge, expertise and innovation over the remaining two years of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program,’’ Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings said.

Round-three applications will close 2pm Monday, September 9. More information is available at go.vic.gov.au/acip19