The Waltja Tjutangku Palypapayi Aboriginal Corporation has received a replacement culture car to assist people to connect with culture across the Territory.“Waltja puts organisational savings into culture programs across a quarter of the NT and an updated 4WD Landcruiser will support Waltja’s work in remote communities” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.“The culture programs run by Waltja support families to keep language and culture strong, and help Waltja members, elders and community leaders transfer knowledge to future generations.“The Waltja culture car will be used by women only, to participate in activities and events they would have been excluded from due to distance and lack of transport.”“The Waltja culture car has been funded in the past out of the organisations budget but the replacement vehicle provided by the NT Government brings some welcome financial relief to Waltja.”
In the past the culture car has been used for transport purposes that included:
- Visiting important cultural sites on country
- Maintenance of cultural sites, such as cleaning out soakages
- For older and younger Aboriginal women to attend Women’s Law and Culture
- For people to participate in cultural activities including gathering bush medicine, bush foods and gathering seeds and wood for creating art and jewellery
- For members of gospel choirs in remote communities to gather up singers and participate in workshops, rehearsals and performances
- For families to participate in the Big Walks from Kintore and from Mount Liebig as part of the Healthy Community, Healthy Life project (2012)
- For events relating to the 30 year celebration of the founding of Kintore Community
The Toyota 4WD Landcruiser Troop Carrier received by the Waltja comes via the Community Benefits Grant category called Vehicle Gifts and Long Term Loans; further funds to groups are available through Major Grants, Small Grants, Quick Grants and Gambling Amelioration Grants.
“The Community Benefit grants provides for general community development and receives money from levies imposed on the operation of electronic gaming machines operated by licensed venues throughout the Northern Territory,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.
For more details about the Community Benefit Fund visit: http://www.dob.nt.gov.au/gambling-licensing/cbf/Pages/default.aspx