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Grants Open to Establish New Indigenous Protected Areas

flinders ranges 2.jpgThe Federal Government will invest more than $12 million to establish new Indigenous Protected Areas across the country.

The move aims to build on the Government’s commitment to strengthen Indigenous employment in remote communities.

The management of 67 million hectares of land has been put back into the hands of Traditional Owners.

The announcement is in addition to the $87.8 million from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy supporting existing IPA projects over five years from 2018-to 2023.  

There are Indigenous Protected Areas scattered across SA, including the APY lands and parts of the Flinders Ranges.

IPAs form a vital part of the National Reserve System, comprising 44 per cent of the network of formally-recognised parks, reserves and protected areas across Australia.

Each Indigenous Protected Area project starts with a consultation stage involving Indigenous-led discussion and planning process amongst Traditional Owners.

Following the consultation stage, Traditional Owners can choose to formally dedicate their land, or land and sea, as an Indigenous Protected Area under the National Reserve System.

The $12.51 million Competitive Grant Round is open until 30 April 2019. Grant guidelines and further information on how to apply is available on the Government’s GrantConnect website at: www.grants.gov.au.