Bangerang awarded treaty grant

By Tara Whitsed

The Bangerang Aboriginal Corporation has received $9500 in Victorian Government funding to engage more indigenous people in the Victorian Treaty process.

Announced by Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins, the Treaty Circle Grant was awarded through the Treaty Community Engagement Program.

The funding will see the corporation run a treaty information session for its members as well as any other person who identifies as Bangerang.

The funding comes after the government established the Advancing the Treaty Process with the Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018.

The Act was the country’s first treaty law which would ultimately see an agreement established between Victoria and its indigenous people.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said organisations like the Bangerang Aboriginal Corporation knew the community best.

‘‘And that’s why we’re supporting them to consult and engage on Victoria’s historic treaty process.’’

The program supports traditional owners groups and other organisations and businesses to engage with Victorian indigenous communities as well as non-indigenous Victorians on treaty.

According to the government, insights gained through the program would be used by the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission as it works to establish the indigenous representative body as part of the next phase of the treaty process.

The Melbourne-based indigenous-run broadcaster 3 Kool n Deadly also received funding as part of the program.

The radio station will use its $100000 to broadcast on treaty-related matters for indigenous and non-indigenous communities to allow for wide-ranging discussion of the process and for different viewpoints to be shared.

Further rounds of treaty grant funding will be announced soon, according to the government.