McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust

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Culture and Art
Total funding to date: $2,095,223

Supporting the sustainable growth of existing art and culture organisations in a way that promotes generational understanding of Indigenous culture and traditions and the establishment of sustainable culture-based businesses with tourism objectives.


$397,018 to Artback NT

Remote Arts and Culture Program

Funding to extend the Artback NT Remote Arts and Culture Program in Borroloola from 2020 – 2023, including annual delivery of the Malandarri Festival.

For more information refer to Case Studies.

$65,659 to Monash University

Visualisation of Songlines

Instigated by senior Yanyuwa Elders, the project has produced one of the most important Dreaming stories for the South West Gulf of Carpentaria in 3D animation as a process of preserving intangible cultural heritage in the region.

$30,000 to Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation

Waralungku Arts - Supplies and Equipment

Funding to stock Waralangku Arts with supplies and equipment.

$9,600 to Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation

Waralungku Arts - Four Clans Artwork

Funding for the production of a large scale four-clan collaborative painting.

$15,000 to National Trust of Australia (NT) - Gulf Branch

National Trust Police Museum

Security and storage upgrades for the Borroloola Old Police Station Museum.


$19,257 to Borroloola School Council

Borroloola School Indigenous Hip Hop Projects  

Empowering students through Indigenous hip hop projects, song and dance workshops and performance. 

For more information refer to Case Studies.


$40,500 to Borroloola School

Bangarra Dance Workshop

This grant provides funds for the Bangarra Dancers to work with the school to engage in cultural dance, stagecraft and storytelling activities.

$12,000 to Borroloola School

Growing our Culture program

This grant provides support to run Cultural Days at the Borroloola School with senior community members.

$300,681 to Artback NT

Remote Arts and Culture Program

A further three years funding to support the employment of a Remote Arts and Culture Program Coordinator to coordinate cultural programs.


$98,000 to Parks and Wildlife

Limmen National Park protection of rock art sites

Extending on from the successful project undertaken in 2015, this project focuses on rockart site protection, training and recording, and also includes minor archaeological works in the Limmen National Park.

$53,205 to MAWA

Robinson River Historical Project

This project collated ancestral knowledge and history passed on to the current Garrawa community to share knowledge and history and potential tourist interest in the Robinson River Community.

$60,000 to National Trust

Upgrade of Old Police Station

Upgrade of the facility for the upcoming anniversary to create a space for events and displays.


$47,050 to Parks and Wildlife

Rock Art Protection

This grant was provided for the protection of Aboriginal art sites in the Limmen National Park. The program employed local Indigenous people to work alongside of Parks and Wildlife staff to identify and protect art sites of significance.

$91,300 to Artback NT

Borroloola Cultural Events & Arts Engagement Officer

This grant provided of the continuing employment of a Cultural Events & Arts Engagement Officer. This grant extends on the previous three-year grant to enable the coordination of activities in the community to continue.


$123,010 to Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Centre 

Knowledge Centre & Keeping Place Phase III

This project provided extended the progress made in Phase I & II to carry out the consultation and planning required for a cultural centre to store and share with the community and visitors the collection of cultural materials and digital resources for the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Marra and Gudanji community.

$88,880 to Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Centre


The songbook provided a resource as an ongoing collection of non-ceremonial songs and related knowledge of Yanyuwa, Marra, Gudanji and Garrwa peoples honouring their ancestors and connections to country. The songbook is a full colour book with a DVD of audio songs and short films. The book is available for purchase at the Waralungku Arts Centre.

$41,535 to Monash University

The Garrwa Stone Country Rock Art Project

This project commenced the recording of rock art sites (cultural heritage) on Garrwa country. The project worked with senior Garrwa Traditional Owners as well as engaging the younger generation in the recording and sharing of culturally significant rock art. The Elders introduced the younger generation to the sites where they used modern technology to preserve and transmit this knowledge.


$61,430 to Mabunji

Sharing and Keeping Place

This project provided seed funding for six months to carry out the consultation and planning required for a cultural centre to store and share with the community and visitors the collection of cultural materials and digital resources for the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Marra and Gudanji community.

$16,500 to Mabunji

Yanyuwa Dictionary

This two-volume set will be one of the largest documentations of any Indigenous 

language in Australia. Volume 1 includes a general history of Yanyuwa people

and language as well as a large number of bilingual interlinear texts covering

an array of historical subjects. The second volume contains the dictionary

and grammar proper. The two volumes can work together or as independent



$150,000 to Artback NT

Arts Development and Touring

A three-year program designed to help create new and revitalise existing cultural festivals in the Region celebrating the diversity of traditional Indigenous dance.

$194,310 to Mabunji and Waralungku Arts Centre

Gulf Country Musecology

Following on from the success of the Song Peoples Sessions in 2011 and 2012 the project was further extended to continue working with the four language groups as both singers and producers to record the traditional songs of their communities.


$79,288 to Barkly Regional Arts Inc

Song Peoples Sessions

An Innovative Indigenous cultural maintenance and language preservation project that recorded the traditional songs of the four local language groups and produced

them into contemporary recordings for both archival purposes and the enjoyment

of listeners.

For more information refer to Case Studies 

$25,000 to Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Centre

Boonu Boonu Festival

Support for the expansion of the 2011 NAIDOC Celebrations to include the Boonu Boonu Festival as the only traditional Indigenous dance festival in the Northern Territory.

$50,000 to Waralungku Arts Centre

Mabunji Waralungku Arts Exhibition

Assistance to local artists to exhibit Paintings, prints and wooden sculptures which featured in an exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London in July 2011.


$5,000 to Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Centre

NAIDOC Festival

Support the costs associated with the delivery of the NAIDOC festival program in 2010 as an important annual celebration of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Funding Priority Areas

The Gulf Country Songbook.

Working on rock art protection in 
Limmen National Park.

Filming for the Knowledge and 
Keeping Place project.

Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen.

The launch of the Song Peoples Sessions 
in Borroloola in 2012,

The launch of the Gulf Country Songbook in Borroloola in 2015.