Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

Local Aboriginal projects across NSW will receive a major boost thanks to a $20.5 million investment from the NSW Government, including Trelawney Station near Tamworth.

The Community and Place grants program will support 143 projects that deliver meaningful, community centered outcomes across NSW that drive practical support for Aboriginal communities. One of those project is a new toilet and shower block will soon be built at Trelawney Station. Trelawney Station at Somerton is a 766 hectare mixed farming property which hosts training, education and social programs.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Trelawney Station was a fantastic asset for the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council and the new amenities block would build on facilities like the conference centre, accommodation facilities, outdoor education space, yarning circle and working shearing shed. 

“Trelawny Station is so important for our region, particularly when it comes to the range of cultural, recreational and educational programs offered to local Aboriginal youth,” Mr Anderson said.

“These programs build connection to country while also providing important employment pathways and development opportunities and it’s so important that we continue to build the facilities needed to grow the possibilities at Trelawney.”

Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Fiona Snape said the facility upgrades would give the land council an opportunity to expand.

“Tamworth LALC are excited as the facilities will benefit the programs that are run from Trelawney which provide access to Country, strengthen and reinforce young people’s sense of identity within their Aboriginal culture, provide exposure to mentors from across the community, provide cultural practice opportunities and deliver employment and training pathways programs.” Ms Snape said.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said the initiative invests in critical projects from skills development programs, building new community infrastructure and patient transport vehicles.

“I am confident every single one of these projects will create an immediate benefit for Aboriginal communities across NSW.”

“The impact of the Community and Place grants does not just benefit this generation, but will continue to empower Aboriginal communities for decades to come.”

Top image: Kevin Anderson and Ben Franklin meet with the Tamworth LALC

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