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Four projects win Federal funding

The Kimberley will benefit from contributions of more than $8 million in Federal funding towards four major projects for the region.

Spread from Broome to Halls Creek, the projects will cost a total of $16,239,235, with about half of the money being covered by the Commonwealth.

The biggest grant was $4.8 million, which will go towards an $8.1 million project to develop an Aboriginal training-to-work program at a rare earth mine gearing up near Halls Creek.

It will be a collaboration between the not-for-profit Wunan Foundation and Northern Minerals, which will aid the latter's goal to have a workforce that is 20 per cent Aboriginal.

Wunan chairman Ian Trust said he looked forward to the first intake of participants to the program.

"We are excited by the commitment shown by both Northern Minerals and the Federal Government in ensuring that Aboriginal communities benefit from the development of Browns Range," he said.

Northern Minerals managing director George Bauk said it was an important part of the company's culture to work closely with host communities.

"We recognise and understand the impact that this project will have on East Kimberley communities, and as such we need to do everything possible to ensure that it is a success," he said.

The Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in Fitzroy Crossing will receive $476,000 towards building a new workshop space.

Mimbi Aboriginal Corporation was given $498,000 for the development of campground facilities in the West Kimberley.

Finally, Nyamba Buru Yawuru received nearly $3 million for a community meeting place.

The funding was the first allocated from the Building Better Regions Fund, a revamp of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

NSRF had been billed as a regional funding body but still funded city projects.

The new fund excludes most of the major capital cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said of the 500 applications to the BBRF, about 100 were successful.

Source: Kimberley Echo 

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