Wodonga Aboriginal business on track for future success25/06/2020
The Victorian Government is investing in businesses and organisations across the state so that they can set themselves up for a bright future. Wodonga’s Burraja Aboriginal Cultural and Environmental Discovery Centre is a case in point.
Located on the Hume Highway between Albury and Wodonga, The Burraja Aboriginal Cultural and Environmental Discovery Centre has been a powerful part of the area’s educational and cultural fabric since it started operations back in 2002.
To help set the business on a path to even greater success, the Centre has received a $430,000 grant as part of the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund that’s encouraging residents and visitors to regional areas.
The funds will go towards refurbishing the Centre and displays, improving access and helping to create new walking trails near the Centre that connect with the Wagira Trail on the other side of the Murray River, building on Wodonga’s long tradition as a place of meeting and welcome.
Established in 2002 with set up funding from the Ian Potter Foundation, the Centre operates programs for those who want to learn more about the local Aboriginal heritage and runs a social enterprise providing skill development, training and employment for Aboriginal people.
Schools in the Albury-Wodonga area also visit. During their excursion, students may get the chance to participate in spear and Boomerang throwing, find out about bush tucker plants, learn about archaeological identification of Aboriginal artifacts and undertake cultural awareness training.