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The Hon Mark Butler MP

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DIY heritage - communityheritage.net.au

Media release
30 July 2013

A new website launched today will allow people to add their stories to the collection of national heritage.

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, Mark Butler today joined Federal Member for Banks Daryl Melham at the Hurstville City Museum and Gallery to launch the site, saying it will change the way we approach heritage in Australia.

"This is a free, community-focussed site developed to let Australians upload the stories that are important to them and their community," Mr Butler said.

"You can create a profile of your own community group, create your own page, make announcements, create links and share information. It makes heritage a much more grassroots function of the community, rather than a bureaucratic function of government.

"Once registered, users will be able to upload content including text, photos and video linked from YouTube.

"This is the first national portal dedicated to heritage information and stories, whether it is about important cultural stories, places of natural wonder that make up our local communities, or significant historic sites.

Mr Melham said the new website would be a big hit in Banks.

"I know hundreds of people here in Banks will take the opportunity to tell their stories and build a tapestry of knowledge about our community," Mr Melham said.

"Over time communityheritage.net.au will become a rich source of information for people to discover the unique stories and heritage that make us Australian."

Mr Butler said the Australian Council of National Trusts and the Federation of Australian Historical Societies had already started uploading their stories and there are already over 150 stories on the website.

"I would like to thank the two organisations for their support during the website's development and I look forward to their continued support."

The site is located at www.communityheritage.net.au