Sister Anne has recently facilitated not only $126,000 from the Commonwealth Government Aboriginal Benefits Account to extend the Patakijyali Muesum in Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands, she has also recently secured an additional $70,000 from the Northern Territory Government to fit out a number of new exhibitions and an additional $11,500 for new air conditioners for the existing museum which are vitally important given the climate in the Northern Territory. Sister Anne has been working tirelessly with the local Tiwi people, especially the women to ensure their culture and language is documented and persevered for future generations. The interactive space she has created in the Museum where children from local schools come to learn about their culture is visionary.
Today Sister Anne hosted the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, local member for Arafura Francis Xavier, community members and the press, during which she provided a tour of the museum, was interviewed by local media regarding her great work at Patakijyali museum and presented with her funding from the Northern Territory Government of just over $80,000.
Below are some photos from today’s events. The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory’s media release regarding this event can be viewed here: http://www.newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/15866. This link includes more detailed information.