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

Senator Steve Hutchins
Senator for New South Wales

$84,000 for historic Dubbo Squatters' home

Joint media release
19 June 2009

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One of the oldest know squatters’ residence in western New South Wales, Dundullimal Homestead, will receive of $84,000 in heritage funding from the Australian Government.

The Federal Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Duty Senator for Parkes, Steve Hutchins, announced the money will fund a new education and visitor facility on site.

“Dundullimal Homestead is part of Australia’s pioneering history,” Mr Garrett said.

“It was built in 1842 when the land around Dubbo was beyond the limits of settlement. A visit to Dundullimal Homestead is truly a step back in time to the days of colonial settlement.

“The homestead, owned by the National Trust, is listed on both the state and local heritage registers.

“This significant investment through the Jobs Fund initiative will enhance the value of one of the region’s oldest buildings and help in sharing this historical experience with a wider number of visitors.

“The Australian Government’s funding for heritage places will have a flow-on effect for the local economy through the creation of employment opportunities in small businesses and increased tourism in the region.

“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, they are helping to generate jobs and provide economic stimulus around the country,” Mr Garrett said.

Senator Hutchins welcomed the funding as an important investment in the Dubbo community.

“Dundullimal Homestead is a popular destination for a range of visitors from school expeditions to hosting social events. This investment will support tourism opportunities in the region.”

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 $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.

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

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