The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has announced Community Fund grants have been awarded to seven Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) in the Wiradjuri region, including Young.
NSWALC Councillor for Wiradjuri Region Craig Cromelin said the following LALCs had been selected in the latest round of the Community Fund.
Cr Cromelin said the Community Fund provided grants of up to $50,000 for LALCs.
“The Community Fund is generated through a levy on Local Aboriginal Land Council land dealings and matched with contributions by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
“Some of our Local Aboriginal Land Councils hold more valuable land holdings than those with less land and development opportunities.
“The Community Fund ensures eligible Local Aboriginal Land Councils can share in the wealth of those that enjoy a stronger economic base,” Cr Cromelin said.
Young Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer Norma Freeman said the Community grant would be directed towards a renovation of LALC office.
“The Young LALC office is in urgent need of renovations to improve access for community and the working environment for staff,” Ms Freeman said.
“Upgrading the air-conditioning and facilities will also provide relief for our members, particularly Elders, when they attend meetings and functions in summer and winter.
“The Young Local Aboriginal Land Council has a strong working relationship with the Shire Council, schools and other community groups.
“The renovations to our Young Local Aboriginal Land Council will allow us to invite more community groups to our offices, particularly during events like NAIDOC Week.
Visitors would be able to see our artefacts and hear stories about Wiradjuri traditions and culture,” Ms Freeman said.
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