The Rottnest Foundation has raised $500,440 for the Wadjemup (Rottnest) Aboriginal Burial Ground Conservation Project through a successful Community Spaces Lotterywest Grant.

Minister Collier & Jeff King Jeff King (RF Chairman) & Minister Collier- PresentationThis grant will fund Phase 2 of the Aboriginal Burial Ground Project, contributing to landscaping, interpretation and consultation with the Aboriginal community. Works are set to begin 2018.

A formal presentation of this Paolo Amaranti (RIA CEO) MCgrant was conducted on Rottnest Island on Friday 12th of February 2016, by the Hon Peter Collier, MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Thank you to Rottnest Island Authority who hosted this important event, Paolo Amaranti (RIA CEO) who was Len Collard (Welcome to Country)our MC and John Driscoll (RIA Chairman) who conducted the opening speech.

Thank you also to Professor Len Collard who performed the formal Welcome to Country and Kezia & Cedric Jacobs for their moving speech regarding their involvement and Cedric Jacobs- Whadjuk Traditional Owner- Elderconnection to the site and project.

The Rottnest Island Authority will be contributing funds and providing their operational staff to work in partnership with the Rottnest Foundation and other stakeholders to deliver Phase 2.

Lotterywest is unique. It is the only lottery organisation in Australia where money raised from the sale of Lotterywest Games is distributed directly to the WA community through their grants.

Approximately one third of all money raised from the sale of Lotterywest Games is distributed through Lotterywest Grants to nearly 1000 different community organisations as well as the arts, sports, and health sectors.

Rottnest Foundation is fortunate to have Lotterywest come on-board as the first major funding partner for the conservation of this Burial Ground and we encourage other individuals and organisations to contribute to this significant reconciliation project for WA.

Koori Mail, 24th February 2016, Ed.620, Pg. 4, Funding for Rottnest Foundation

Map – Rottnest Island- Showing location of Aboriginal Burial Ground

Map – Rottnest Island Settlement Area – Showing location of Aboriginal Burial Ground