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Joint media release
9 June 2009
With a contribution of $350,000 in funding, important conservation works can now begin on the historic Ballarat Town Hall.
Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.
"The Ballarat Town Hall is one of the few grand-scale, symmetrical town hall designs in Victoria and the conservation, restoration and repair of this magnificent building will ensure that locals and visitors can continue to admire its heritage values for many years to come," Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:
Ms King welcomed the announcement, saying, "The Ballarat Town Hall has played a pivotal role in the development of this region."
"This $350,000, in addition to $1.5 million to be provided by the Ballarat City Council, will provide a boost to local jobs by employing our highly skilled trades-people as well as ensuring additional training opportunities in restoration work. It will also marshal the efforts of local businesses to supply the materials and services needed to support this very important conservation work.
"This new funding is especially welcome because Ballarat's history and heritage is a major asset for local tourism which in turn generates jobs and provides an economic stimulus to the region," Ms King said.
The Jobs Fund is an important part of the Government's commitment to support local jobs. The $650 million Jobs Fund includes $60 million for projects related to Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places.
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 been allocated for conservation works to Old Government House in Parramatta and more than $360,000 for walking and bike trails at Budj Bim in Victoria.
For more information on Australia's heritage projects visit www.heritage.gov.au