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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

2 December 2005

Grants to help Australia's most important historic places

The first round of the Australian Government’s new initiative to help care for Australia’s most important historic heritage places is now open for applications, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

Announced in the 2005-06 Budget, the National Heritage Investment Initiative (NHII) supports projects that restore and conserve the most important historic heritage places around the country through practical assistance.

“Grants between $10,000 and $500,000 will be available to assist a range of practical projects such as plastering, restoring roofs, masonry and brickwork and repairing gutters and drains on historically significant buildings,” Senator Campbell said.

“Through this initiative the Australian Government is helping to ensure important places around the country will be conserved for future generations so that they can participate in and experience our heritage.”

Other activities eligible for support could include:

Senator Campbell said the initiative is intended to provide assistance to places included on the National Heritage List or those entered in state and territory government statutory heritage lists.

“In addition to restoring and conserving these important historic places, the initiative will help create flow on effects for local communities, such as skills training and employment in the building industries and an increase in tourism,” Senator Campbell said.

Applications are eligible from a wide range of organisations and individuals including:

The National Heritage List comprises the places of Australia’s greatest national significance, including the Sydney Opera House and Kurnell where Captain Cook first set foot in Australia.

The Australian Government will provide $10.5 million over fours years for the National Heritage Investment Initiative.

Applications for National Heritage Investment Initiative close on 20 January 2006.

Copies of the guidelines are available at

Media contact:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 0418 568 434 - 02 6277 7640

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