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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

9 June 2004

$65,234 for WA's shipwreck heritage

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today announced $65,234 to help Western Australia further explore and document its shipwreck heritage.

Dr Kemp announced the funding, from the Historic Shipwrecks Program, to support a number of shipwreck-related projects being coordinated by the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

"Western Australia has more than 1400 shipwrecks recorded along its coast," Dr Kemp said.

"They offer a virtual underwater library of information about our past - what we traded, who came to our shores, what society was importing or how we used the sea.

"The funding announced today will help to make some of the information we have already gathered on WA shipwrecks available to the public through further developing the state's comprehensive register of historic shipwrecks.

"In particular it will be used to review and update information relating to ships that sank between 1900 and 1927."

Dr Kemp said other work to be funded would include:

"The shipwrecks off Western Australia's coast have many stories to tell and I'm delighted that this funding will help to reveal some of these as well as to better protect the wreck sites themselves," Dr Kemp said.

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