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The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

20 April 2004

New funds for Tasmania's rich heritage

Remnants of Tasmania's rich Aboriginal and convict past will be better conserved for the future through Australian Government funding announced today.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said seven Tasmanian heritage projects would receive a total of $323,787 through the Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP). These included Badger Island in Bass Strait and four convict-related sites, the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site , Rotten Row, the remains of the Saltwater River Probation Station and its former medical officer quarters .

Announcing these grants at the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site today, Dr Kemp said he was delighted to be able to provide a financial ‘helping hand' to those working hard to conserve Tasmania's important cultural heritage places.

“This program is designed to support individuals, community groups and local governments in their efforts to protect the places special to them and to many Australians,” Dr Kemp said. “The projects that we fund will also bring benefits to the wider local, regional and state communities.

“Each place has its own unique tale to tell. The Cascades Female Factory , for example, was home to female convicts, prisoners and their children for fifty years (1827-1877). Its remnant walls and surviving buildings are two years older than Port Arthur, and make it one of the state's major surviving penal establishments.

“It is one of the few remaining places in Australia linked with the female convict system and as such, is a mine of information on transportation, the history of female convicts and on the evolution of penal institutions. That is why I am happy to announce that this site will receive a grant of
$28,000 to conserve the façade of the Matron's cottage which is the most intact structure on the site.

“At the opposite end of the state, on Badger Island in the Bass Strait , is a very different project which will also be funded through the CHPP program. The Australian Government is giving $37,675 to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to identify and document a range of historic Aboriginal places on the island, and to improve related conservation planning.

“Badger Island is an ancient Aboriginal place with 9000-year-old middens and hearths beneath them dating back 20 000 years. These places are vital for us to identify and understand so that our appreciation of this nation's heritage is enriched.

“These grants will invigorate many of Australia's valued heritage places by providing resources to help protect them for future generations,” he said.

A list of CHPP projects is attached.

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 Register of the National Estate and the Register's Interim List, or on a state heritage register.

Other projects in Tasmania that will receive this year's CHPP grants.

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