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

Mr Sid Sidebottom MP
Federal Member for Braddon

$250,000 to conserve Tasmania's historic Franklin House and Penghana Mansion

Joint media release
19 June 2009

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With a contribution of $250,000 in funding, important conservation works can now begin on Franklin House and Penghana, two grand 1890s homes from Tasmania’s rich historical past.

Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, Federal Member for Bass, Jodie Campbell MP, and Federal Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom MP, as part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund.

“This funding will ensure the long term conservation and continued community use of two of Tasmania’s most important heritage houses,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:

Ms Campbell welcomed the announcement, saying, “Franklin House and Penghana are two of Tasmania’s significant colonial properties. I am very pleased that the $250,000 in new funding under the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund will not only preserve these properties for the future but it will also create 20 jobs for local trades-people. In addition, our local businesses will also have an opportunity to supply the materials and services needed to support this vital conservation work.

Mr Sidebottom said “This funding is especially welcome because this area’s history and heritage is a major asset for local tourism which in turn generates jobs and provides an economic stimulus to the region, with Penghana an icon in what is a historic mining location.

“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 (TAS) is to be congratulated for their work to conserve Franklin House and Penghana.”

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 $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 

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