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

10 May 2005

$15.5 million for Australian heritage


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced $15.5 million of new funding to help protect some of Australia's most important heritage places.

Of this, a new National Heritage Investment Initiative will provide $10.5 million over four years to conserve places of outstanding heritage value to the nation.

"The National Heritage Investment Initiative builds on the establishment of the new National Heritage List in 2004 by the Howard Government," Senator Campbell said.

"As new places are added to the National Heritage List this initiative will help provide funding to ensure their national heritage values are protected.

"The initiative will also support projects to protect other important heritage places around the country.

"The initiative continues the Government's leadership in conserving and promoting our most important national heritage places."

The National Heritage Investment Initiative complements existing Australian Government programmes that help communities identify and share their links to Australia's national story.

Senator Campbell also announced additional grants of $3 million for St Mary's Cathedral in Perth and $2 million for the Church of St Mary's Star of the Sea in Melbourne to support restoration projects.

"Churches and cathedrals have long been an important focus for Australian communities. This funding will help conserve two of Australia's most important places of worship.

"Funding for the National Heritage Investment Initiative is part of the Australian Government's overall 2005-06 Budget spending of $3.2 billion on the environment and reflects the increasing focus to fund direct and practical action to tackle our national environmental challenges," Senator Campbell said.

For more information www.deh.gov.au/about/budget/2005

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

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