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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2028..


Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-Ngambri group

(Question No 359)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 6 April 2005:

(1) In relation to a recent email circulated to some members of the community and some Assembly Members regarding Ngambri History and Country, can the Minister provide evidence of the existence of the Ngambri 'group';

(2) Does the Minister recognise and endorse this group and has the ACT Government funded this organisation in any way; if so, when and for how much;

(3) Do the Ngambri have any linkages, culturally or in any other way with the Namadgi Board.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Ngambri is the name of one of a number of family groups that make up the Ngunnawal nation. Evidence of the existence of this clan is found in the extensive historical records held by various institutions such as the NSW State Archives. A detailed summary of the historical evidence relating to the clan can be found in Ann Jackson-Nakano, The Kamberri: a history from the records of Aboriginal families in the Canberra-Queanbeyan district and surrounds 1820-1927 and historical overview 1928 -2001 Aboriginal History Monograph 8, ANU Press, 2001.

(2) The Government recognises members of the Ngunnawal nation as descendants of the original inhabitants of this region. There is no specific recognition of the Ngambri group outside of this broader acknowledgement. The group has received no funding from the Government.

(3) Members of the Interim Namadgi Advisory Board are appointed under the terms of the Agreement between the Australian Capital Territory and the ACT Native Title Groups. Members are drawn from a number of family groups including Ngambri.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-funding

(Question No 360)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 6 April 2005:

(1) In relation to funding for the Indigenous portfolio, what funding has been provided in the areas of (a) health, (b) housing, (c) education and (d) employment opportunities for the Aboriginal population of the ACT during (i) 2001-2002, (ii) 2002-2003, (iii) 2003-2004 and (iv) 2004-2005, giving separate figures for each year and for each area listed;

(2) What are the names of the members, since November 2001, who sit or have sat on the validation committee to decide on funding for Aboriginal programs and projects.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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