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Place Names Melville gets Lotterywest funding boost

Place Names Melville gets Lotterywest funding boost
By Community Arts Network
08 November 2022

CAN is proud to announce our partners, the City of Melville have received a $709,175 grant from Lotterywest for the Place Names Melville Project, which will help the City to continue work on this important reconciliation project.

CAN has been working in partnership with the City of Melville and Moodjar Consultancy delivering a community-led, creative model that decodes the ancient meaning embedded in and Noongar placenames for sites located within the City of Melville.

The Lotterywest grant was presented to the City by Member for Bateman MLA Kim Giddens at the opening of the Ngala Bidi Wongi Boodjar - Our Paths Talking Country exhibition at Goolugatup Heathcote on Saturday, 29 October 2022. This Exhibition will remain open until 11 December 2022.

CAN and Moodjar Consultancy is thrilled that our Place Names model is now receiving ongoing support and recognition from Local Government Authorities and the State Government.

  • Ngala Bidi Wongi Boodjar 7 Marnie Richardson
  • Ngala Bidi Wongi Boodjar 10 Marnie Richardson
  • Ngala Bidi Wongi Boodjar 3 Marnie Richardson
  • Ngala Bidi Wongi Boodjar 4 Marnie Richardson
  • Ngala Bidi Wongi Boodjar 8 Marnie Richardson

Comments attributed to Moodjar Consultancy Director Professor Len Collard:

Moodjar is really excited to continue our innovative, cutting edge Place Names initiative through a solid partnership with the City of Melville and CAN and led by Noongars.

Our work recognises that language is the first lore, and we use Noongar language to crack the code of the ancient meanings through a recolonisation process that puts Elders at the forefront.

Comments attributed to City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP:

We are very appreciative of Lotterywest’s support through this sizeable grant, which is a big boost to our Place Names Melville Project, said Mayor Gear.

The grant will allow us to continue our work to acknowledge shared meanings and Aboriginal location names for relevant sites, and parks located within the City of Melville.

By acknowledging the significant Aboriginal heritage and history in these locations, we are increasing knowledge and understanding within our community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements in our City.

We have an ongoing commitment to Reconciliation within our organisation and community and the Place Names Project is among our projects and initiatives where we are amplifying First Nation’s voices and truth telling.

Comments attributed to Community Arts Network Chief Executive Officer Monica Kane:

We commend Lotterywest and the City for partnering in this critical work that is led by community, and works with Moodjar’s established, evidence based methods, combined with the depth and healing of community arts cultural development.

Comments attributed to Lotterywest and Healthway Chief Executive Officer Ralph Addis:

Lotterywest has a long history of supporting Aboriginal communities and is proud to work in partnership with the Place Names Melville Project.

This project provides an important opportunity to share and preserve Western Australia’s cultural heritage, while ensuring our Indigenous heritage and culture is acknowledged and embraced.
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