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School of Indigenous Studies UWA

National Benefit

National Benefit By creating a common ground for understanding the local Indigenous geographical heritage, this project attempts to contribute towards reconciliation from a completely different perspective.

This project meets a range of national economic, social and environmental benefits.

It will, in the near future, enable new tourist ventures to emerge based on the names of particular places and their associated stories (Vanclay et al., 2008). It will mean each community will be given a physical basis to focus their work on reconciliation and help close the cultural and health gap. It will deepen everyone’s sense of place. It will provide a stronger motivation for protecting the heritage of the area – both natural and built. It will provide a major addition to Australia’s cultural heritage in itself.

The approach taken in this project could be applied anywhere else across Australia.