The Goulburn River Aboriginal Protectorate in Murchison will benefit from a $3,700 heritage grant, as part of more than $2 million worth of new grants to preserve and protect heritage across the State, the Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad announced today.
The Goulburn Broken River Catchment Management Authority has received the grant to fund an Interpretative Shelter at the site to assist in understanding its important history.
Goulburn River Central Station Aboriginal Protectorate was one of only four protectorate stations set up in Victoria and used as the central station from 1840 to 1853. It continued to be used by Aboriginal people for another 5 years after its closure, and later used as camping spot for bullock teamsters and for police horse agistment (Police Paddocks).
The project will be managed by an experienced cultural heritage officer who will consult with local history groups, the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and the Taungurung Registered Aboriginal Party.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to preserve and protect Victoria’s history,’’ Ms Broad said.
Planning Minister Justin Madden said this project was among more than 71 community projects to share in $2 million in grants to preserve and protect Victoria’s heritage.
‘’The Brumby Labor Government’s heritage grants empower local communities to care for, manage and interpret Victoria’s diverse heritage,” Mr Madden said.
“These people and organisations are today receiving recognition and support for their passionate commitment to the State’s heritage,” Minister Madden said.
“Heritage places remind us of our past and provide us with a shared sense of identity.”