$1.5m to help refurbish Barmah work space

By Shepparton News

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation community facilities have received almost $1.5 million for upgrades.

Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins visited Barmah yesterday to announce the funding.

The funding will be used to refurbish an existing building in Barmah to accommodate the corporation’s growing workforce.

The refurbishment will include a purpose-built archive facility and provide a culturally-safe work and interactive space for all visitors to the corporation.

The grant was from the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure program, which has invested $14.6million to improve service delivery, as well as the cultural connectedness and wellbeing of communities.

Ms Hutchins said Aboriginal organisations were doing a great good delivering front line services.

‘‘Giving traditional owner organisations like YYNAC funding to improve their facilities gives them the ability to control and plan for their own future. This goes to the heart of self-determination,’’ Ms Hutchins said.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the government was working with traditional owners to help deliver indigenous facilities at Barmah and Munarra in Shepparton to ‘‘help close the gap and celebrate their cultural heritage’’.

A second round of the program will open soon.