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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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Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Kerry Bartlett, MP
Federal Member for Macquarie

14 April 2004

Home of early astronomer wins heritage funding

The Windsor home that shares its name with two comets and a world famous amateur astronomer is to receive Australian Government funds to help conserve its structures.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp - joined by Federal Member for Macquarie, Kerry Bartlett - today announced Tebbutt Peninsula House, built in 1845 by astronomer John Tebbutt, would receive $84,425 through the Australian Government's Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).

“This program is designed to help individuals, community groups and local governments protect their important heritage places,” Dr Kemp said. “Tebbutt House is one of 15 heritage sites across New South Wales to receive a total of $712,236 in CHPP funding.

Mr Bartlett added: “John Tebbutt came to Australia with his family in 1801 when he was seven years old. His passion for the stars led him to discover two comets which now bear his name, one of which he spotted from the front verandah of his elegant country home.

“The CHPP funds will be used to replace a leaking roof and carry out a range of repairs to other buildings on the property.”

Dr Kemp said: “I am delighted to be able to help conserve Tebbutt House and its strong links with this nation's early scientific efforts.

“In this Year of the Built Environment, it is important that we recognise the impact of historic buildings on our community and on our lives. These heritage places can help us to better understand our past.”

Dr Kemp said the second local project was in the upper reaches of the Kedumba Valley in the Blue Mountains.

“‘The Gully' Aboriginal Place is believed to be a pre-contact summer camp for the Gundungurra and Darug people,” Dr Kemp said. “It was part of the major trading route which later became the Great Western Highway. $43,300 is being awarded to develop management guidelines for the site through an archaeological and historical survey and by liaising with the Aboriginal community.

“Places such as Tebbutt House and ‘The Gully' both have intriguing stories to tell about this region's past,” Dr Kemp said. “These, together with the other CHPP grants, will invigorate many of Australia's valued heritage places by providing resources to help protect them for future generations. The funds will support those who are already dedicated to conserving the heritage places they treasure.”

In recent years the CHPP program had also funded projects for Clares Bridge on the Great North Road, the Mt Wilson Turkish Bath and St Matthews Anglican Church at Windsor.

Dr Kemp also today announced $75,200 funding for two World Heritage projects in the Greater Blue Mountains, which is a World Heritage Area the Australian Government sponsored the listing of.

“The funding will support a touring guide for the northern section of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, an interpretive display at Lithgow City Council Visitor Centre and the development, production and installation of interpretive signage throughout the World Heritage Area,” Dr Kemp said.

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