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Major upgrades planned for Patjarr Community services and infrastructure

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The Western Australian government has provided the Warnpurru Aboriginal Corporation with a $1.17 million Lotterywest grant towards major upgrades at Patjarr Community, 1,200 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie.

The funding will support the community's locally-led work to connect with Country and care for natural heritage on the Pila Nature Reserve.

The upgrades will provide a male and female team of Warnpurru Rangers with a secure base at the Patjarr Community to plan and perform ranger patrols. The base will have upgraded equipment to enable the community to maintain ranger vehicles.

More than $350,000 of the grant will go towards the refurbishment of the 'Warli Nintirringkutjaku' (Two-way Learning Hub).

Two-way knowledge sharing and education are priorities for the Yarnangu Traditional Owners.

The grant will also fund upgrades to the community's communal kitchen and laundry, as well as transport costs for materials and equipment to the remote community.

WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Dr Tony Buti, said on Monday that the state government was proud to provide the grant to the Warnpurru Aboriginal Corporation for important works at Patjarr.

"I am committed to supporting the creation of meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal people in sharing their knowledge of Country and helping to develop resilient and strong Aboriginal communities," he said.

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