Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Registrations now open for Australian Heritage Week 2012

Media release
1 March 2012

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has encouraged community organisations to host events for Australian Heritage Week to be held from 14 to 22 April 2012.

"Registrations for Australian Heritage Week are now open and I invite all communities to get involved by celebrating and sharing their special heritage," Mr Burke said.

"The first Australian Heritage Week held last year was a huge success and I am looking forward to an even greater number of celebrations and events being held in 2012.

"Australian Heritage Week is open to anyone who wants to get involved and provides a great opportunity for community organisations, schools and individuals to celebrate their unique heritage.

"This week is a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise 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."

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

Last year's events included tours of the heritage listed Melbourne Cricket Ground, exhibitions open houses, guided walking tours, film screenings, dances, fetes and information sessions.

Registrations are now open for Australian Heritage Week and event managers are invited to register events at

Visitors to the Australian Heritage Week website will be able to search for events by a range of categories and find event locations via an interactive map.