Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council has received $100,000 towards community projects for Bathurst through the NSW Government’s inaugural Community and Place funding program Member for Bathurst Paul Toole MP has announced.
The first round of the landmark Community and Place Grants Program will provide $20.5 million in funding across the State to solutions-focused projects that immediately engage and benefit Aboriginal communities.
Bathurst’s community projects will see the development of a culturally safe space at Bathurst Hospital for Aboriginal people to sit and connect with culture. The area will include seating, Totem poles and native plants.
The projects also include the refurbishment of the Barracks Men’s Shelter and a Graffiti Workshops to incorporate the dual naming of Wambuul along the river, providing an opportunity for community to engage with other families and youth.
Bathurst LALC will also facilitate a Cultural Camp for youth to learn valuable skills and cultural experiences.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the funding will deliver real benefits to the Bathurst community.
“I’m delighted that Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council can now bring these projects to life,” Mr Toole said.
“This is a terrific and unique program designed by the previous government that will put important funding in the hands of Aboriginal groups who best know how to bring about improvements and opportunities for their community.
“The safe space at Bathurst Hospital will be a welcomed addition to the site’s $200 million redevelopment and the graffiti workshop will bring the youth together in a supportive environment.”
For more information on the Community and Place grant program and to view the list of successful grant applications, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.