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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

17 November 2002

Rippon Lea Wins Museum Accreditation

Minister for the Environment and Heritage the Hon. Dr David Kemp today praised the work of National Trust of Australia (Victoria) volunteers, who have helped earn accreditation for Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick, Melbourne under Museums Australia's Museum Accreditation Programme.

Presenting the accreditation certificate at the National Trust's annual volunteer recognition day, Dr Kemp said Rippon Lea is the first major historic garden and house museum to achieve accreditation in Victoria.

"Accreditation by Museums Australia is due reward for the tireless work of the volunteers and staff of the National Trust. It recognises the management of this important historical property as best practice and gives Australians the confidence that this magnificent property is cared for and preserved at the best standards for future generations," Dr Kemp said.

Accreditation under the Museum Accreditation Program recognises institutions that are employing leading museum sector standards in areas such as governance, management of resources, safety planning, collection management, preventative conservation, public programs visitor standards and marketing.

"Rippon Lea is the third National Trust Victorian property to gain Museums Australia accreditation and it joins the ranks of 34 accredited Victorian institutions, 17 of which are managed by volunteers.

"From guides and gardeners to fundraisers and researchers, volunteers offer a wealth of experience to heritage management in Victoria, and indeed throughout Australia."

Dr Kemp said the Commonwealth is committed to supporting heritage conservation volunteers. Earlier this month the Commonwealth committed $20 million from the Australian Government Envirofund, the community component of the $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust, to thousands of Australian volunteers who will participate in 1324 environmental protection projects across Australia.

In addition, Dr Kemp said the government allocates grants to projects that help protect Australia's diverse cultural heritage through the Cultural Heritage Projects Program.

Media contact:
Tonya Beeton, Dr Kemp's Office 0427 104 416
Brooke Webb, National Trust 0417 423 834

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