South-west Indigenous areas get federal funding

An ancient eel trap at the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area north of Tyrendarra.
An ancient eel trap at the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area north of Tyrendarra.

Five Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) in the Wannon electorate will share in $3 million of federal funding to protect protect biodiversity and cultural heritage.

The Framlingham Aboriginal Trust will receive $1.275 million for the Deen Maar and Framlingam Forest IPAs while the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation at Heywood has been granted $1.054 million for the Kurtonitj and Lake Condah IPAs.

Another grant of $719,524 was made to the Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation at Heywood for the Tyrendarra IPA.

IPAs put land and sea country management into the hands of traditional owners.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the federal coalition government was making a record investment in ranger programs for the IPAs.

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