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

22 June 2006

18 projects win funding under $10.5 million Heritage Programme


A total of 18 projects have been awarded funding under the first round of the Australian Government’s new $10.5 million programme to protect and conserve the nation’s most historic places, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell said the projects would share $3.6 million from the first round funding awarded under the Australian Government’s National Heritage Investment Initiative.

“This $10.5 million, four-year programme is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the Howard Government to protect and conserve our historic places,” Senator Campbell said.

“The projects funded under this round show how diverse Australia’s heritage is, as they include more than $270,000 to restore the original 1911 scoreboard of the Adelaide oval, which recorded Don Bradman’s historic runs, and more than $310,000 to assist works to the interior of Sydney’s Great Synagogue.

“Fremantle Prison, one of Australia’s most important convict sites which was included in the National Heritage List last year, will receive $450,000 to conserve and restore the main cell bock.”

Some other projects are:

“It is pleasing to see the variety of projects to be funded through the initiative, as this clearly demonstrates the breadth of Australia’s historic heritage places and helps show what is important to us as a nation,” Senator Campbell said.

“The National Heritage Investment Initiative helps ensure Australia’s historic heritage places are conserved and protected so future generations can also experience and participate in our nation’s heritage.”

Applications for the next funding round are expected to be called within three months.

For more information go to www.heritage.gov.au

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

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