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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Ms Michelle O'Byrne MP
Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts (Tasmania)

$2.5 million funding protects Tasmanian convict sites

Joint media release
22 May 2009

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Conservation projects at four of Tasmania's most important convict sites will receive a significant boost with the assistance of more than $2.5 million from the Australian Government.

Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, during a visit to the Cascade Female Factory with the Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne.

"I am pleased to announce funding through the Australian Government's Jobs Fund for conservation work at some of Tasmania's most important historic sites," Mr Garrett said.

Minister Garrett said funding for these National Heritage-listed places includes:

Mr Garrett said the Australian Government investment in these important sites will lead to significant employment opportunities in the local building industry.

"As a result of this funding, a range of skilled local tradespeople, such as stone masons and artisans, will be employed at each of the sites.

"The projects also offer opportunities to support young people undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships and help them develop skills for their future careers.

"Equally important is the positive heritage outcomes these projects will provide to the four convict sites - all of which are included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination.

"The $60 million for heritage projects under the Jobs Fund is one of the largest investments in heritage conservation ever to be undertaken in Australia. It is designed to support and create jobs and develop skills that build both community and social infrastructure.

"This major investment in Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage provides real economic stimulus by focusing on projects that have an immediate employment impact, as well as ongoing economic benefits" Mr Garrett said.

The Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, welcomed the news.

"I welcome this commitment by the Australian Government to support our local communities and for recognising the importance of protecting these significant National Heritage sites," Ms O'Byrne said.

"Tasmania's convict journey is a fascinating and very human tale. It is ultimately a tale of survival under extreme conditions and now, with this support, these important places will be conserved and restored for future generations to experience."

The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part of the Government's $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan.

For more information on Australia's heritage projects visit www.heritage.gov.au 

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