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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

1 December 2002

$3.6 Million to Protect Australia's Cultural Heritage

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today announced more than $3.6 million in grants to help protect and preserve Australia's cultural heritage places.

Minister Kemp said that 64 projects around Australia would receive grants under the 2002 round of the Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).

"These grants will help to preserve our important heritage places for the future", he said. "This year a great diversity of projects will benefit from the funding - including the preservation of Indigenous cultural landscapes, rock art sites, colonial country homes, churches, kilns and pubs.

"By protecting these places we are keeping alive the many rich and fascinating stories they can tell us about our nation and its people.

"Through this program the Howard Government is helping to conserve and restore the places that can tell those stories - the fabric of our national heritage.

Dr Kemp highlighted the importance of heritage tourism to rural and regional Australia, making the announcement at 'Quamby' at Hagley in Tasmania - a family trust owned property which is a heritage tourism destination as well as being vitally involved in local community activities and a significant community employer. 'Quamby' will receive a $90 000 grant to assist with structural conservation works.

Dr Kemp said that this year's grants would support such projects as:

Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

Cultural Heritage Funding Information

The CHPP is open to not-for-profit and community groups, local government bodies and private owners of heritage properties. Projects eligible for funding relate to the conservation of nationally significant places listed in the Australian Heritage Commission's Register of the National Estate and the Register's Interim List, or on a state heritage register.

Listed below are some examples of projects that will receive this year's CHPP grants.

Indigenous Heritage places, including:

Cultural heritage places, including:

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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