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

4 July 2005

$50,000 for Australian cricket captains walk


Australian Government funding will help expand the Australian Cricket Captains Walk in Cootamundra - birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.

The Australian Government has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Cootamundra Shire Council under the Sharing Australia's Stories program for the project in Jubilee Park.

"The Australian Cricket Captains Walk recognises the heritage of one our nation's most popular sports," Senator Campbell said.

"The walk currently features 14 bronze sculptures of past captains Richard Benaud, William Lawry, Ian Chappell, Gregory Chappell, Allan Border and Mark Taylor as well as Sir Donald.

"The walk also has a bronze sculpture of Unaarrimin, the leading Aboriginal player in the first Australian cricket team tour of England in 1868.

"Australian Government funding will help complete more statues of cricket captains, representing different eras of Australia's cricketing heritage. The Cootamundra Shire Council aims to complete the Walk by featuring all past 42 Australian Test captains.

"Cootamundra has strong connections with two Australian test captains - it is the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman and a former home of Bill Murdoch."

Senator Campbell said the Walk complements Cootamundra's other cricket heritage places, including Sir Donald Bradman's birthplace, soon to be featured in the new Bradman Heritage Trail.

The Australian Government is also providing $50,000 to develop the trail that will incorporate key places that promote the life, story and achievements of one of Australia's greatest sportsmen.

"The Bradman Heritage Trail is being developed by the Bradman Foundation in partnership with the Cootamundra Shire Council and the State Library of South Australia. It will eventually connect all those places in Australia, and possibly overseas, that are central to the Bradman story.

"This virtual and physical heritage trail will help visitors explore places such as Bradman's birthplace at Cootamundra, the Bradman Museum at Bowral, and the State Library of South Australia where the Bradman Collection is housed.

"The Heritage Trail will showcase Cootamundra as an important part of the Bradman legacy," Senator Campbell said.

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