Wentworth residents encouraged to apply for NAIDOC funding

March 28, 2017

The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4 million Coalition Government grants-round designed to support NAIDOC Week activities in July.

The 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round is part of a $1.9 million investment by the Turnbull Coalition to support NAIDOC celebrations this year.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, said NAIDOC Week provided an opportunity for people in the electorate to come together to reflect on the enduring identity and unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history.

“This year’s national NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matter, focuses on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages,” Mr Turnbull said.

“For First Australians, language is a way of connecting people to their land and water, and it is how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history has been shared through generations.

“The Coalition recognises the importance of preserving Indigenous languages preservation and has committed more than $20 million annually to assist.

“NAIDOC Week events this year will celebrate Indigenous languages and the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Organisations in Wentworth will be able to stage NAIDOC activities, cultural business exhibitions or festivals for everyone to celebrate our First Australians.

“I recognise the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the community of Wentworth and the important place they have in our culture and history.”

NAIDOC Week 2017 will run nationally from 2-9 July. Details about the 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round are available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website. Applications are open now and close on 27 April.

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