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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

Places of peace and war to receive heritage funds

Places of both peace and war are among eight of Victoria's heritage sites to be better conserved through Australian Government funding announced today.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said Victorian sites, from a towering church spire at Geelong to a gun powder mill at Cairnlea, would receive funding through the 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. “It gives a helping hand to those working hard to conserve the places that are part of their cultural heritage.

“I am delighted to say that one of Geelong's most prominent landmarks, the 70-year-old bluestone spire of St Mary of the Angels Church , will receive $100,000 through this program for re-pointing and restoration work.

“This spire stands 60 metres high, on top of the largest church in Geelong which, itself, is on top of the highest point in central Geelong.

“Not only is it Australia's tallest bluestone spire but it is the main centre of worship for the city's Catholic community. It also has special meaning to the wider community serving as a focal point at times of mourning and public need, such as after the September 11 and Bali bombings.”

Dr Kemp said that as well as awarding funds to this place of peace, funding of $48,840 would be given to a project which reflects Australia's heavy involvement in World War II - the Black Powder Mill at Cairnlea .

“This is the last surviving building in the former Albion Explosives Factory which, itself, was the first factory established in Australia to manufacture munitions for the War ,” he said.

“ All of the other World War II explosive factories built in Australia have since been closed, redeveloped or demolished, so it is vitally important to have this mill here to remind us of a significant slice of our recent history.

“The Black Powder Mill is now the last remaining powder mill in Australia and one of the last in the world to be built for military purposes.”

Dr Kemp said the funding would be used for interpretive signage and restoration work.

“The grants announced today reflect the state's multi-layered history and help us to remember the stories that have made us who we are as Victorians,” he said.

“They will invigorate many of Australia's valued heritage places by providing resources to help protect them for future generations and will also bring benefits to the wider local, regional and state communities.”

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 Victoria that will receive this year's CHPP grants.

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