Boosting training pathways for Aboriginal people in WA’s South West

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt presented a Lotterywest grant of $1,195,800 to the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation on 12 June, to build capacity and establish educational pathways for young Noongar people in WA’s South West.

The grant will fund a three-year project to support the Noongar Natural Resource Management Pathways project — created to increase Aboriginal students' interest in land and natural resource management and science, and create opportunities for them to learn about managing their traditional lands. Training will include workshops and engagement with local Elders to pass on traditional knowledge, and will be delivered in partnership with the Shire of Quairading and Muresk Institute.

The project will help build skills and knowledge in land management ahead of the commencement of the South West Settlement, which will see $1.3 billion in benefits flow to the Noongar people — including 320,000 hectares of land — which will be transferred into the Noongar Land Estate and joint management of the State's conservation estate.

"This exciting program will support and encourage young Noongar people in fulfilling their cultural responsibilities for managing their traditional lands.” Mr Wyatt said. "We know that when country is cared for properly, there are educational, environmental, employment and social benefits for Aboriginal people. It is important that we provide young people with the skills and training needed to take full advantage of the opportunities that will arise after the commencement of the South West Settlement."

Read the full media statement here

The Department is proud to support this important initiative through Muresk Institute’s involvement as part of our commitment to the WA Government’s Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity, in the areas of Aboriginal wellbeing and Regional prosperity.

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