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Joint media release
19 June 2009
With an Australian Government contribution of $116,500, important conservation and repair works can now begin on Hartley Street School, the first official school in Alice Springs.
Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon MP, as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.
“Hartley Street School, the first official school in Alice Springs which operated between 1928-1946, has a special significance to the Alice Springs community. I am extremely pleased to announce this funding as it will help repair and conserve this historic site,” Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:
Mr Snowdon welcomed the announcement and said it is an important investment in Alice Springs.
“For 18 years the Hartley Street School played an important role in the Alice Springs community and this funding of $116,500 will enable maintenance and repair work to begin. This work will create jobs for local trades-people and local businesses will have an opportunity to supply the materials and services needed to support vital conservation work.
“This funding is especially welcome because this site will benefit local tourism which generates jobs and provides an economic stimulus to the region,” Mr Snowdon 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 and the National Trust of Australia (NT) is to be congratulated for their work to conserve Hartley Street School.”
The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part of the Government's $42 billion National Building - Economic Stimulus Plan.
Funding previously announced for heritage projects includes more than $700,000 to be provided for three heritage projects at two NT World Heritage Sites: Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks, as well as $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