The Australian Government will work to instil a new sense of pride in Australia's heritage. We will work with local communities to share the stories about the things that have helped shape our nation and to ensure that our heritage places are protected for future generations.
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Community Heritage & Icons Programme »
A new Community Heritage and Icons Programme will include:
The Australian Government will invest $1.5 million
on vital restoration work at Port Arthur's World
Heritage listed penitentiary building, one of Australia's
most significant cultural icons. This will boost the Port Arthur Historic Site's standing as an
internationally-recognised cultural tourism
The new Green Army will also be charged with contributing to a range of projects designed to repair and restore heritage places that are important to local communities. This will help bolster the efforts of the hundreds of local historical and heritage groups across Australia who work tirelessly to protect our local heritage.
Matthew Flinders' Map »
We are committed to working cooperatively with the British Government to have Matthew Flinders' original map of our continent, completed in 1804, brought to Australia. The map represents the first known use of the name 'Australia' on a complete map of the continent and, as such, is considered to be Australia's birth certificate.
Our Borders and Beyond »
Australia's environment extends from the northernmost tip of Cape York to the southern land masses of Heard and McDonald Islands and Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean and the 5.9 million square kilometres that make up our Australian Antarctic Territory.
The Australian Government's 20 Year Strategic Plan for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research will enshrine Tasmania's position at the centre of Antarctic research and services to the region.
The plan will address how Australia can remain engaged, active and visible in the region and consider Australia's generational interests in preserving and researching the Antarctic environment.
$24 million over three years will fund the establishment of a new Centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. A further $38 million will extend the runway at Hobart Airport, increasing the capacity for long range logistical supply.
The Government is committed to exercising influence in the region through the Antarctic Treaty System. The systems bring nations together in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration to ensure protection of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments and to undertake globally significant science.
Additional Programmes »