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The Hon. Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Australian Heritage Week 2012 announced

Media release
20 October 2011

Federal Heritage Minister, Tony Burke, today announced that Australian Heritage Week 2012 will run from 14 - 22 April.

Australian Heritage Week is an annual national celebration of Australia's unique heritage.

Mr Burke said that Heritage Week was an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.

"Australian Heritage Week has become an important annual celebration, which encourages us all to reflect on the stories and places that make our nation unique," Mr Burke said.

"After a very successful Inaugural Australian Heritage Week in April 2011, I am looking forward to an even greater number of celebrations and events right across the country for Australian Heritage Week 2012."

During Australian Heritage Week 2011 over 300 events were held across Australia, with communities in each state and territory involved.

"What makes Australian Heritage Week so special is that it is open to anyone who wants to get involved," Mr Burke said.

"Community organisations, schools and individuals can all participate by organising activities and events.

"The 2011 Australian Heritage Week celebrations included a variety of information days, tours, family activities and celebrations.

"Throughout the year we continue to honour anniversaries, commemorations and listings of specific events and places but Australian Heritage Week is a time to reflect and celebrate together as a nation.

"It is my great pleasure to announce the dates for Australian Heritage Week 2012, an exciting opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate our shared and special heritage."

In the lead up to Australian Heritage Week 2012, information will be available from the department's website www.heritage.gov.au.