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

28 July 2005

$2.6 million helps conserve and share Australia's Indigenous heritage


Significant places and stories connected to Australia's rich Indigenous heritage will be conserved thanks to funding from the Australian Government's Indigenous Heritage Programme, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Under the programme, $2.6 million will be allocated to help identify previously unknown Indigenous heritage places, assist Indigenous communities to retain and interpret heritage places, improve protection of Indigenous sites and develop and implement Indigenous tourism projects.

"The Indigenous Heritage Programme is an exciting example of the Australian Government combining resources with the talents and enthusiasm of local Indigenous groups to protect the places that are part of our nation's heritage fabric," Senator Campbell said.

"Fifty-five projects-12 in the Northern Territory, 11 in Queensland, nine in Western Australian, six in New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania and five in Victoria-will benefit from the initial round of funding provided by this important new programme," he said.

Projects funded include:

"Funding initiatives, such as the Indigenous Heritage Programme, help build a new insight into heritage places around Australia, helping us all to better understand and appreciate our nation's diverse heritage," Senator Campbell said.

For a full list of funded projects and more information about the Australian Government's Indigenous Heritage Programme visit www.deh.gov.au/heritage/programs/ihp

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

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