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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Celebrate our Australian stories in the first Australian Heritage Week

Media release
14 April 2011

Heritage Minister Tony Burke has encouraged Australians to participate in the inaugural Australian Heritage Week which starts today.

Mr Burke said more than 300 events had been registered across the nation, with opportunities for people to get involved in every state and territory in metropolitan and regional areas.

"The first Australian Heritage Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the uniquely Australian stories that have shaped who we are today," Mr Burke said.

"It's about recognising the stories and places that are important to our communities and protecting our heritage for future generations.

"Whether it's our maritime heritage or convict heritage, sites of Indigenous significance or our agricultural and farming history - there are stories in every local community that contribute to the Australian heritage.

"With more than 300 events happening across our nation this week, I encourage people to find out what is happening in your local community and take this opportunity to learn more about Australia's heritage.

"There are exhibitions, lectures and workshops, guided history walks, film screenings, open days and community fetes to celebrate the inaugural Australian Heritage Week. It's a great opportunity for families to get together and learn a little more about the Australian heritage.

"Each site and story is part of our collective heritage and is something that we can all share and celebrate as Australians. I encourage everyone to participate in events in their local communities and to celebrate the heritage of their region, state, and our nation."

Australian Heritage Week is a new a joint initiative of the Gillard Government working with state and territory governments, heritage agencies and community heritage organisations.

The first Australian Heritage Week runs from today until April 20.

For more information on Australian Heritage Week and for the full list of Australian Heritage Week events visit www.heritage.gov.au.