$530,000 in grants slated for Indigenous projects

SIX projects across the state will share in more than $530,000 under the Queensland Government's Indigenous Land and Sea Grants Program.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the grants program provides funding of up to $100,000 to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island groups to undertake environmental and cultural heritage conservation projects.

"The Queensland Government is proud to support a grants program that encourages Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities to conserve and protect the environment and cultural resources of their country.

"This year's program included an additional focus on supporting projects that engage Indigenous people in improving the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef," Dr Miles said.

Normanby Aboriginal Corporation will use $100,000 to undertake reef conservation activities by improving ground cover and fire management on Normanby Station near Cooktown.

Olkola Aboriginal Corporation will receive $95,000 to protect threatened species habitat and remove weeds on the recently handed back Olkola country in Cape York Peninsula.

Mungulla Aboriginal Corporation will restore and maintain the historic ancestral birth and burial site of the Nywaigi Clan and will remove invasive weeds to restore and improve the health of the Lower Palm Creek area near Ingham with their grant of $78,310.

North Stradbroke Island's coastal dune vegetation will be rehabilitated with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation's $98,900 grant.

Mullen Bun Goon Pty Ltd will receive $62,315 to manage three culturally significant sites, including a ceremony ground, carved trees and rock art sites, on the western section of Mamu's native title land in Wooroonooran National Park.

Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation will use  $96,000 to identify and map culturally significant sites along the Maroochy and Mooloolah river systems, monitor endangered salt marsh and mangrove ecosystems, protect nests of the endangered water mouse, and will mentor young Indigenous people to understand and appreciate these ecosystems.

Dr Miles said the benefits of the Indigenous Land and Sea Grants program are wide ranging.

"It is a really great program. It provides opportunities for community building, skills development, intergenerational knowledge transfer, local employment and important on-ground works," Dr Miles said.

More information on the Indigenous Land Sea Grant program is available online at www.qld.gov.au/environment/plants-animals/community/grants-program/

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