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Wangka Maya has been awarded a federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a preservation needs assessment of the collection.


The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013.


This year, grants worth $426,000 have been distributed to 77 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.


Chairperson Bruce Thomas said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Wangka Maya Aboriginal Language Centre at the grassroots level. “The grant provides the funds, for Wangka Maya to engage a conservator who will provide Wangka Maya with the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local community,” he said. The aim of the Preservation Needs Assessment is to look at the physical condition of Wangka Maya’s sound archive – Disc, Tapes, films and hard drives/ disk drives and provide advice to Wangka Maya to formulate an audio-visual collection preservation strategy. Some of the collections extend to when Wangka Maya first started in 1987; the grant will allow a conservator to carry out a site visit to assess the condition of our collection including the suitability of current housing and storage facilities and to make recommendations for the development of a conservation program.


Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.


“It is all about working together to help spread the message that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” she said. “Through sharing this knowledge, the information can be taken back to the communities where it is most needed to ensure that local heritage collections are still there for future generations.”


The Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.


Media contacts: Manager at Wangka Maya – 08 9172 2344


Download the Wangka Maya Significance Assessment 2012