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

21 June 2006

Australian Government conserves shipwrecks sites and stories


Projects to conserve shipwrecks around the country have received over $400,000 in funds under the Australian Government’s Historic Shipwreck Programme (HSP), announced today by the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell.

Senator Campbell said shipwrecks and their relics hold the key to revealing much about Australia’s past, particularly defence, migration and exploration, and their protection is vital.

“Australia’s coast is scattered with thousands of wrecks. They are an invaluable and irreplaceable resource. The Historic Shipwreck Programme enables those wrecks to be preserved and most importantly studied to provide greater insight into Australia’s history,” Senator Campbell said.

“Whether they sank as a result of a storm or lack of knowledge of the coastline, or because of human error, each wreck contains a rich and diverse story that contributes to Australia’s colourful past.

“Many of us will never visit a shipwreck but stories are being brought to the surface and shared with Australians through new and improved exhibitions, multi-media displays and educational programs funded through the Historic Shipwreck Programme,” he said.

Senator Campbell said that funding would support a range of projects being undertaken by state and territory partners including:

For more information about the programme and funded projects visit www.deh.gov.au/heritage/shipwrecks/index.html

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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