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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
5 July 2005
The people, places, events and environments that have given Australia its distinctive national character are being compiled into a series of stories, thanks to a new Australian Government grants programme.
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced $725,000 for the Sharing Australia's Stories programme to help bring 22 projects to life.
The stories are rich and varied - interpretive signage and displays through the Greater Blue Mountains, one of Australia's most botanically diverse regions; a website on the lives and work of architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin; an exhibition detailing the experiences of Jewish refugees in Victoria from 1933-1944 and a book exploring the impact of European settlement on indigenous Australians - to name just a few.
Senator Campbell said almost 1000 applications were received for the three-year programme, established last year to help individuals, community groups and local government showcase their contribution to Australia's natural and cultural character.
"The popularity of the program far exceeded our expectations," Senator Campbell said. "From these we have chosen a diverse range of stories that will now be shared with the broader Australian public through grants up to $50,000.
"These stories will be presented in different ways - heritage trails, internet sites, books, CDs, radio programmes, videos, on-line and physical exhibitions, displays, oral histories, brochures, signage and audio documentaries. The projects are innovative and will add to what will become a national gallery celebrating our natural and cultural heritage."
Sharing Australia's Stories will pay tribute to some of Australia's greatest heroes and sportsmen, particularly Sir Donald Bradman, with $50,000 to expand the Australian Cricket Captains Walk in Cootamundra and funding to establish the Don Bradman Heritage Trail.
The Australian Government will also contribute $50,000 to a virtual memorial that will commemorate the 645 lives lost in World War II on the HMAS Sydney and help solve the mystery of its location.
"I am delighted by the diversity of these projects and what they tell us about our national character," Senator Campbell said.
A selection of Sharing Australia's Stories projects in each State is attached. For more information, including a complete list of successful Sharing Australia's Stories projects, http://www.deh.gov.au/heritage/programs/index.html#sharing
Marianne McCabe 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580
For more information, including a complete list of successful Sharing Australia's Stories projects, http://www.deh.gov.au/heritage/programs/index.html#sharing