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Joint media release
5 June 2009
More than $700,000 will be provided for three heritage projects at two of Australia's most treasured World Heritage Sites – Uluru- Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks. Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund initiative.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce funding, through the Australian Government's Jobs Fund, for work to commence on three Northern Territory heritage areas with outstanding natural and Indigenous values,” Mr Garrett said.
“As we celebrate World Environment Day it is timely that we announce funding that will help protect and conserve these natural wonders by making them more accessible to the public and also help manage the impact of tourism.”
Mr Garrett said funding for these World Heritage-listed places includes:
Mr Snowdon welcomed the funding as important to the future of the Northern Territory community.
“As a result of this investment there will be local jobs for local people to improve paths, tracks and walkways that will ensure that the visitor experience will be a memorable one,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The $60 million set aside 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.”
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.
Funding previously announced for heritage projects includes $2.5 million for four Tasmanian convict sites and more than $550,000 to protect and conserve the Cottesloe home of World War II Prime Minister John Curtin. In addition, $2 million has also been announced for conservation works to Old Government House in Parramatta and more than $360,000 has been provided for walking and bike trails at Budj Bim in Victoria, one of the world's oldest known traditional aquaculture systems.
Uluru- Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks are included in both the World and National Heritage Lists and are protected through the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
For more information on Australia's heritage projects visit www.heritage.gov.au