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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Australia's national historic sites protected

Media release
18 March 2011

Tony Burke, Heritage Minister, today announced that the Gillard Government will be supporting some of Australia's most special historic sites.

Mr Burke said the Government will be supporting 44 projects under the National Historic Sites program.

"Heritage is about the places and events that tell the story of Australia, " Mr Burke said.

"Protecting and conserving our heritage places build our sense of community and identity, it helps inform who we are, where we have come from and our development as a nation.

"I am very pleased to announce in-principle funding for the 44 projects under the National Historic Sites program.

"The standard of applications was very impressive. This is the first year of the National Historic Sites program and I look forward to continuing this into the future.

"This funding will help in areas such as building restoration, management planning, landscaping and interpretive signage, which will be of great benefit to the public's understanding of these special places.

"Projects in every state, the ACT and Norfolk Island have received funding, allowing managers of significant heritage places across the country to get cracking on essential works."

Projects to be funded under the first round of the National Historic Sites program include:

  • Goulburn Historic Waterworks (NSW): $19,875 for boiler restoration and drainage works
  • Pichi Richi Railway (SA): $251,231 to redevelop and refurbish the Quorn Railway Station building for use as a visitor information centre for the region.
  • Ballarat Mechanics Institute (VIC): $409,091 for the restoration of its 1860s hall.
  • Former Rockhampton Supreme Court (QLD): $90,300 for conservation and refurbishment, as well as the development of an education package.
  • Australian Academy of Science Shine Dome (ACT): $33,268 to improve lighting and install interpretive signage.
  • Chapel of the Guardian Angel (WA): $120,000 for restoration ofthe chapel including the repair and replacement of the roof and gutters, fixing brickwork and electrical work.
  • New Military Barracks (Norfolk Island): $46,026 for the replacement of roof tiles and repair of defective roof timbers.
  • Brickendon Historic Gardens (TAS): $63,636 for refurbishment of the heritage gardens.

The National Historic Sites program will provide more than $17 million over four years for owners and managers of nationally significant historic sites to undertake vital work to preserve their properties for future generations.

The second funding round for the National Historic Sites program will open for applications in the first half of this year.

Visit www.heritage.gov.au for more information about the National Historic Sites program.