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

6 April 2005

Shipwrecks funding helps explore the depths of history


The dramatic stories of shipwrecks lying off the coast of New South Wales will become more accessible to land-based visitors thanks to funding announced today by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell.

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government would contribute $64,000 through its Historic Shipwrecks Programme to four shipwreck projects run by the New South Wales Heritage Office.

"This funding will help the New South Wales Heritage Office survey, identify and manage historic shipwrecks and provide interpretive material at the sites of some of the state's shipwrecks," Senator Campbell said.

"Funding will also help run maritime archaeology training programs and further public understanding of the importance of conserving this important part of our maritime heritage.

"The sea is history's great highway and the wrecks that lie off our island continent can reveal much about our past in areas such as trade, defence and migration.

"This funding will not only help us to protect these wrecks but will enable us to better understand the wealth of information they contain," Senator Campbell said.

A total of $391,000 will support 40 shipwreck related projects around Australia through Australia's Historic Shipwrecks Programme.

Under this programme, the Australian Government funds its state and territory partners to help protect, preserve, research and provide information on some of the nation's 6500 shipwrecks and related materials.

Further information about Australia's Historic Shipwrecks Programme can be found at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/shipwrecks/index.html.

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

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