Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
1 December 2002
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:
- identifying and recording new Indigenous rock art sites at Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) in the Northern Territory
- conservation work on the 148-year-old bluestone Gothic Christ Church in Hawthorn, Victoria
- restoring and preserving the 1880 Currie Lighthouse on King Island, Tasmania
- developing an interpretive centre for the former Aboriginal mission, Colebrook in Quorn, South Australia
- continuing refurbishment of the historic Perth Town Hall in Western Australia
- urgently repairing and restoring masonry, murals, carpentry and paintings in the Maitland Gaol, New South Wales, and
- restoring and conserving the former South Brisbane Municipal Chambers (1891-2) in Queensland for school and community use.
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:
- $204 545 to preserve the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct in Alice Springs, NT, established in 1877 by the Lutheran Church as the first Aboriginal mission in the Northern Territory. It is also famous as the birthplace of renowned Aboriginal artist, Albert Namitjira.
- $131 818 to develop an interpretive centre to promote education and cultural awareness at the Colebrook Community Centre, SA, formerly run as a Uniting Church mission home where, under former government policies, Aboriginal children were placed after being taken from their families.
- $36 955 towards the Nitmiluk site identification and recording project, NT, to identify and record new Indigenous rock art sites within Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, record traditional knowledge and enter existing data for 420 sites into a cultural site database.
- $27 273 for the Thalanyji Identification and Protection Project, WA, to identify, record and recommend protection of cultural landscapes and archaeological, historical and rock art sites within Thalanyji homelands.
Cultural heritage places, including:
- $212 100 to make urgent repairs to Maitland Gaol, NSW, once the state's main gaol, now Australia's oldest structure continually used as a gaol.
- $155 000 to repair and preserve 10 kilns and five chimneys at the Bendigo Pottery, Victoria.
- $155 000 to conserve NSW's Tathra wharf - an extremely rare deep wharf built between 1862 and 1889 which was used as the prime port for the south coast hinterland until shipping became almost redundant in the 1940s.
- $136 364 for the second stage refurbishment of WA's Perth Town Hall, the city's first significant civic building built primarily by convict labour and completed in 1870.
- $125 000 to restore and repair the wooden Ambyn Suspension Bridge over the Deddick River near Tubbut in Victoria.
- $111 750 to restore the Currie Lighthouse on King Island, Tasmania which was built in 1880, is one of the oldest buildings on the island and is a reminder of the many shipping disasters in the Bass Strait.
- $99 895 for the urgent restoration of three deteriorated and vulnerable stained glass windows in St Matthew's Anglican Church, Windsor, NSW.
- $90 000 to prevent deterioration of Tasmania's 1820s Quamby Country Residence, once the home of Irishman Richard Dry, who was part of the "Patriotic Six" who helped to end convict transportation to Tasmania.
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400