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Caring for Country and sharing knowledge key to healthy land

As NAIDOC Week approaches, Local Land Services is highlighting the diversity of programs and
projects being undertaken throughout the state to support Aboriginal people to care for Country
and share traditional land management knowledge.  
As part of its ongoing commitment to caring for Country and sharing knowledge, Local Land
Services Western Region has funding available for targeted Aboriginal projects and will provide
a free bus to NAIDOC Week celebrations at Mungo National Park next week.  
The Targeted Aboriginal Program funding opportunity follows on from the project ideas
developed during the Stepping Up to Manage Country workshops held at Menindee and
Brewarrina in March this year.  
NAIDOC Week is held from 5 to 12 July and this year's theme is "We all Stand on Sacred
Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate".   
Senior Land Services Officer (Aboriginal Communities),Ronni O'Donnell said NAIDOC Week
had an important role to play in highlighting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples'
strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.   
"NAIDOC Week offers an opportunity to pay respects to Country; honour those who work
tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of
significance or sacred places with the nation," she said.
"This theme reflects the two key goals relating to Aboriginal communities for Local Land Services, which are supporting Aboriginal people to care for Country and to share traditional land management knowledge."
While expressions of interest in funding for Targeted Aboriginal Programs close at 5pm on Friday 10 July, there will also be a chance for Aboriginal people in the Mildura area to attend free celebrations at
Mungo National Park on Wednesday 8 July.
A free bus will depart at 8.30am from the Mildura Visitor Centre, on the corner of 12th St and
Deakin Ave, and return at 4:30pm.  
Some of the free activities at Mungo will include face painting, children's games, show bags, a
tour of the Walls of China and a free barbeque lunch.  
Acting Chair of the Local Land Services Board of Chairs, Alex Anthony said, "NAIDOC Week
provides a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and wealth of cultural and ecological
knowledge being used to great effect by Aboriginal people throughout NSW.
"We value the contributions of the NSW and Australian Governments who fund these projects,
resulting in a healthier and more productive environment and opportunities to build stronger
relationships with the Aboriginal community," she said.

Media contact:
Donna Ambler 0400 258 690
Ronni O'Donnell 03 5021 9429  I  0409 334 956