First Nations project grants announced

The City of Greater Geelong has announced nearly $90,000 of funding for First Nations heritage projects through a series of grants.

Three projects were successful in their applications for Geelong council’s 2023-24 First Nations Cultural Heritage grants, with the collective focus on preserving, promoting and celebrating the rich traditions of First Nations culture in the Geelong region.

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation will receive $41,332 for its Journey on Wadawurrung Country project, which will use photographic portraits and audio recordings to share the stories and perspectives of Wadawurrung Elders and Traditional Owners.

Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative’s Wathaurong Dance Group will receive $38,000 of funding to children the opportunity to connect with their culture through traditional dance and provide opportunities for Women’s and Men’s performances.

Bellarine Training and Community Hub were awarded $10,000 to kick off a culturally sensitive and inclusive First Nations Garden, which will serve as a hub for learning and celebration.

Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan expressed enthusiasm for these projects and pride in the council’s involvement.

“These grants represent our commitment to understanding, respecting, and celebrating the cultural heritage of the First Nations peoples within our region,” Mayor Sullivan said.

“We are proud to support these initiatives which reflect our commitment to fostering collaboration and partnership with First Nations communities, ensuring their voices and cultural heritage are preserved and promoted within our region.”

Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken said the projects funded through the grants would promote greater understanding and reconciliation.

“The City of Greater Geelong extends its gratitude to all applicants and congratulates the recipients of these grants,” Deputy Mayor Aitken said.

“Together, we look forward to witnessing the positive impact of these projects on our community.”