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

6 April 2005

Conserving Queensland's shipwreck heritage


Efforts to help identify, understand and preserve Queensland's rich shipwreck heritage have been boosted with an announcement today of $37,782 in funding from the Australian Government's Historic Shipwreck's Programme.

In making the announcement, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said the funding would assist the Museum of Queensland's ongoing projects to increase the public's understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Queensland's maritime heritage.

"Funding will help the Museum of Queensland develop cultural tourism and community information initiatives that will help make the state's shipwreck sites more accessible to visitors.

"It will also be used to implement a range of shipwreck related projects, such as working with the dive industry and training marine park rangers to monitor shipwreck sites.

"Projects will help ensure these unique relics of Australia's maritime history are conserved for future generations to enjoy. Ongoing monitoring and surveillance is important to protect Australia's submerged treasures.

"The Historic Shipwrecks Programme supports investigation, research and interpretation so that we can see into our past and discover more about our history particularly in areas such as trade, defence and migration," 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 inform about 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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