Local groups get project funding

TWO local groups have just received funding worth about $20,000 each for projects on the Monaro.

The Cooma-Monaro Aboriginal Liaison Committee and Kosciuszko to Coast Partnership (K2C) are the lucky recipients of the funding.

Cooma-Monaro Aboriginal Liaison Committee member Maureen Fox said she was happy and surprised to get the funding.

"We are very happy and the funding is very needed," Ms Fox said.

"The project is open to all unemployed youth, not only aboriginal youth. I think we have a few signed up already.

"Council are affiliated with the project and we are meeting on Monday to talk about how the money will be spent exactly."

The Cooma-Monaro Aboriginal Liaison Committee will engage unemployed local youth to assist with the construction of an Aboriginal education amphitheatre which will be used to for Aboriginal, environmental and educational programs at Lambie Gorge.

The project is called the 'Lambie Gorge Cultural Enhancement Project'.

K2C chair Geoff Robertson said the $20,000 grant will be used to contract Rod Mason to further develop the work the group has been doing with him on traditional indigenous land management projects.

"We are very pleased, and it does mean we can continue working with Rod and bring out his cultural knowledge of land management and fire stick burning in the Cooma area and bring the two cultures together."

The project builds on previous projects undertaken by K2C and Friends of Grasslands (FOG).

Works will be initiated in new areas with the establishment of native fruit tree gardens, seed orchards and developing material for signage for traditional food sites.

The project - 'Adopting Traditional Values in our Community', will educate and raise awareness of Indigenous cultural sites, land management practices and ecological knowledge in the local community.

The Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) will distribute almost $400,000 of funding through the Community Partnerships 2012/13 program to 27 local Landcare groups, community groups and non-profit organisations to undertake small on-ground local natural resource management (NRM) projects within the Murrumbidgee catchment.

In this its fourth year of operation, the Community Partnerships Program has funded organisations with amounts of up to $20,000 to assist with projects tackling the priority targets of this funding round including reducing the impacts of rabbits and supporting engagement with the Indigenous community.

General manager of the Murrumbidgee CMA John Francis said the Community Partnerships Program provides organisations with funding support from Murrumbidgee CMA to implement NRM projects and promote shared learning.

"It's an important part of creating greater community ownership of NRM in the catchment,' he said.

The funding support for Community Partnerships Project is provided by the Australian Government through Caring for Our Country and NSW Government through Catchment Action NSW.

The full list of the successful 2012-13 Community Partnerships funding recipients are on the web site www.murrumbidgee.cma.nsw.gov.au .

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