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

6 April 2005

Bringing Tasmania's shipwreck heritage to life


Ongoing efforts to help identify, understand and preserve Tasmania's rich shipwreck heritage have been boosted with the announcement today of $48,000 funding from the Australian Government.

In making the announcement, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said the funding would assist the public's understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Tasmania's 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," Senator Campbell said.

"Although in some cases only metres of water separate us from hundreds of years of history, many of us will never get a chance to see even one of those wrecks.

"Part of this funding will help the Tasmanian Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts develop a publication titled Underwater Cultural Heritage - Australian Approaches that will highlight Australia's efforts to bring our submerged history to life.

"Funding will also be used to conduct regular examinations, surveys and condition monitoring historic maritime sites in Tasmania, helping to conserve this important part of our heritage for the future," 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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