$2.5 million pledged to reopen cultural centre

The McGowan Government has promised to dedicate $2.5 million to reopen Carnarvon’s Gwoondaru Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre.

The centre has been closed since 2015, because of management and financial issues.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said it was a priority to keep the centre open and the funding would be included in the upcoming state budget.

“Since coming into government, we have engaged the local Aboriginal community and senior State Government representatives to establish a model that ensures the long-term sustainability of the centre,” she said.

According to the media release, the reopening of this centre will improve the development of Aboriginal business and increase tourism opportunities in the Gascoyne.

Aboriginal Affairs minister Ben Wyatt said the funding was important for Carnarvon.

“This facility will be a springboard for promoting innovative culture and heritage as a critical part of making Carnarvon a modern regional centre and developing its economy,” he said.

The Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre was first opened by the State Government in 2005.

Curtin University Aboriginal Studies assistant lecturer Anthony Kickett talks about the reopening of the Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Culture Centre.

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