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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.
MS PORTER: Minister, can you inform the Assembly about the previous successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership grants?
DR BOURKE: The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership grants program continues to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT to seize opportunities to further their leadership skills in their community and workplace. Earlier this week I announced the leadership grants recipients for 2015-16, which included projects such as the live, life, laugh, pitch program, an intensive two-day announcing and presentation media workshop for the next generation of Indigenous broadcasters; a creative Aboriginal in the virtual world project; funding for a documentary on local elder Aunty Agnes Shea; and financial support for a community member to attend the Harvard Business School’s senior executive leadership program.
In 2014-15 a total of $33,000 was awarded to successful applicants. These applications came from one individual and three organisations. I was pleased to see funding of $10,000 provided to the YWCA Canberra to be used towards a two-day leadership workshop for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across Canberra which supports them to become leaders in their families, schools and communities. Empowering people and creating confidence and self-esteem is one of the quality life outcomes of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement. A local Aboriginal community member was also awarded a grant of $3,000 to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. Carers ACT received a grant of $10,000 to develop skills and build capacity of carers to improve outcomes in their communities. Namadgi School received a grant of
$10,000 towards the purchase of 12 iPads and to provide excursions with guided tours to the Jervis Bay and Wreck Bay communities.
The 2015-16 leadership grants program will provide up to $87,000 worth of funding support for applications for leadership that provides formal and informal development opportunities for participants that will inspire and empower individuals to reach their highest potential.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Burch.
MS BURCH: Minister, can you inform the Assembly about other successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural grants?
DR BOURKE: The aim of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural grants program is to showcase the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the ACT community. This can be through the development of innovative projects that contribute to sustainable communities by highlighting and promoting cultural diversity and social harmony.
Earlier this week I also announced the cultural grants recipients for 2015-16 which included projects such as the healing farm and building connection program,