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

Mr Bernie Ripoll MP
Federal Member for Oxley

$273,000 to conserve Queensland's historic Wolston House

Joint media release
19 June 2009

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Wolston House, an historic Queensland farmhouse originally constructed in 1852, will receive Australian Government funding of $273,000 for urgent conservation works. Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Federal Member forOxley, Bernie Ripoll.

“Wolston House, Wacol, has been a part of Queensland's history for more than 150 years,” Mr Garrett said.

“This significant investment through the Australian Government's Jobs Fund initiative will arrest deterioration at this historic house by restoring and conserving stone and brickwork.

“This heritage conservation project will have an important flow-on effect for the local economy as it will support employment opportunities in small businesses and specialist heritage trades.

“The Jobs Fund is an important part of the Government's commitment to provide targeted funding for projects that not only protect and conserve some of our most important heritage places, but are also helping to generate jobs and provide economic stimulus around the country,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Ripoll welcomed the funding as an important investment forthe Western Corridor.

“Wolston House is a popular destination for school and community groups. As a result of this important conservation workmore visitors will be able to experience this place and gain an understanding of the settlement of this part of Queensland.

“The site is now owned by the National Trust of Queensland and I congratulate them on securing funding that will protect and conserve it for the future,” Mr Ripoll said.

The $650 million Jobs Fund includes $60 million for projects related to Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places.

Funding previously announced for heritage projects includes $1.3 million for a major upgrade to the Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, $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.

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.

Other heritage projects include $2 million for conservation works to Old Government House in Parramatta and more than $360,000 for walking and bike trails at Budj Bim in Victoria, one of the world's oldest known traditional aquaculture systems.

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

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