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

20 April 2004

Canberra's hospitality 'hut' wins heritage funding

‘The Hut', also known as the Canberra Services Club at Griffith , will be better conserved following Australian Government funding announced today.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said the club would receive $73,500 through the Australian Government's Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).

“This program is designed to give a financial ‘helping hand' to individuals, community groups and local governments who are working hard to conserve their important heritage places,” Dr Kemp said.

“The Canberra Services Club, also known as ‘The Hut', was established in 1941 to provide hospitality to service personal during World War II.

“It was built as a result of a major fund-raising effort by Lady Gowrie, the wife of the then Governor-General. Originally named the Lady Gowrie Service Club, it rapidly became the nucleus of the Canberra defence force community during the War.

“Following the end of the War, the building was altered and in 1948 was reopened as the Canberra Services Club. It has operated continuously since then as a club for returned services personnel and their guests.”

Dr Kemp said the CHPP funds would be used for a range of repair and restoration work on the building.

“I am delighted that Australian Government funds will be able to help maintain this important part of Canberra's community life,” Dr Kemp said.

“This grant and others allocated throughout Australia today will help to invigorate many of the nation's valued heritage places and protect them for future generations.”

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