$10 000 grants celebrate national icons; closes 20 March

GRANTS UP TO $10 000 are available to community groups in Durack until March 20.

“You just have to celebrate your national heritage icons,” Melissa Price, Member for Durack said.

“I hope that each national heritage site in Durack will benefit from a grant. Shark Bay is planning a celebration next year to commemorate 400 years since the landing by Dirk Hartog, and Ningaloo and the Kimberly hold festivals and events to promote their sites and icons.

“The Batavia story on the Abrolhos and the work undertaken about this ship wreck through the Geraldton Museum presents another opportunity that may benefit from a grant application.

“Then there is Wilgie Mia Ochre Mine in the Midwest, referred to as the oldest mine in the world.”

National heritage sites in Durack include:

  1. Batavia Shipwreck Site and Survivor Camps Area 1629 - Houtman Abrolhos
  2. Dampier Archipelago (including Burrup Peninsula)
  3. Dirk Hartog Landing Site 1616 - Cape Inscription Area
  4. Purnululu National Park
  5. Shark Bay, Western Australia
  6. The Ningaloo Coast
  7. The West Kimberley
  8. Wilgie Mia Aboriginal Ochre Mine

“I strongly encourage community organisations such as historical societies, Indigenous groups, National Trust groups, and ‘Friends-of’ groups to consider making an application very quickly.”

Applications for funding close on 20 March 2015.