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Northern Territory. Department of Trade, Business and Innovation


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Northern Territory Government

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Business bulletin


March 29, 2018

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And now the Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation has been given a Northern Territory Government grant to carry out much-needed work to the arts centre and pay for supplies. The grant is very important to us, says manager Trevor van Weeren. It will allow us to make life a lot easier. The grant comes from the Remote Aboriginal Development Fund, which has awarded $1.7 million to projects that will drive economic development, create local jobs, and support capacity building in remote communities. Forty-three projects by Aboriginal enterprises, partnerships and not-for-profit organisations have received funding. Gapuwiyak has about 100 artists among of population of only 1,200. The grant will help the corporation pay for goods and services, including labour, freight and materials for a new veranda, two storage cupboards, plumbing and electrical works. Mr van Weeren says the new veranda will create more space for artists and storage. And a set of stairs will give easy access for tourists from the art centre down to a traditional bush shelter. Art plays an important ceremonial role in Gapuwiyak, but artists also want to earn income by selling some of their works. Our problem is always getting the art to market, says Mr van Weeren. Outback Spirit tour buses will begin driving along the main road 25km away, two to three times a week during the dry season. We want them to chuck a left and come into the community, says Mr van Weeren. Wed put on a bit of a show for the tourists and give them the chance to buy great art. The Yolngu are very happy and proud to show their culture to other people. The corporation also provides opportunities for meaningful employment and training in the arts and retail. Keeping cool in the tropics

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