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

Senator Glenn Sterle
Senator for Western Australia

$110,000 to improve access to Patrick Taylor regional park

Joint media release
19 June 2009

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Patrick Taylor Cottage, the oldest dwelling in Western Australia, will receive Australian Government funding of $110,000 for landscaping to improve visitor access and experience.

Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and Senator for Western Australia, Glenn Sterle.

“Patrick Taylor Cottage, along with the Albany Historical Society's other two venues, Albany Convict Gaol and the Brig Amity, are at the centre of the City of Albany's heritage tourism attractions,” Mr Garrett said.

“Built around 1832, the cottage is one of the few remaining examples of the architecture of the military regime, built two years prior to the establishment of the Swan River colony.

“This significant investment through the Australian Government's Jobs Fund initiative will see the Patrick Taylor Cottage precinct enhance the visitor experience at the oldest dwelling in Western Australia.

“This project will protect and enhance the heritage of values of the Cottage, and have important flow-on effect for the local economy through the creation of long term employment opportunities in small businesses.

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

Senator Sterle welcomed the funding as an important investment in the Albany community.

“Patrick Taylor Cottage attracts in the vicinity of 10,000 visitors per annum. As a result of the important landscaping project and redevelopment of this site, the number of visitors will is expected to increase,” Senator Sterle said.

“The site is now owned by the Albany Historical Society, and I congratulate them on securing funding that will redevelop and enhance it for the future.

“The Jobs Fund package will ensure that the building remains viable and able to be utilised by the community into the future. The Albany Historical Society will be able to lift the image of the Patrick Taylor Cottage precinct.”

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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