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Joint media release
19 June 2009
Important conservation works can now begin on historic Mulberry Hill, the former home of the author of the world famous Australian novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, Lady Joan Lindsay, following an injection of $228,000 in funding from the Commonwealth Government.
Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and Senator Jacinta Collins as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.
"Mulberry Hill, home of Lady Joan and her husband Sir Daryl, was bequeathed to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 1984 and this new funding will help transform this beautiful heritage house and garden into a tourism venue and community centre," Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:
"This is a great outcome for the local community as the project supports employment opportunities for builders, landscapers, arborists, architects and heritage professionals, as well as opportunities for youth training and apprenticeships working with these specialists. As a result of this project these important skills will be developed locally and will stay local," said Mr Garrett
Senator Collins said: "Mulberry Hill has a significant collection of Australian art, fine Georgian furniture and glassware and Staffordshire ceramics and this new funding will ensure that visitors will be able to enjoy the collection in restored surroundings.
"I am very pleased that the $228,000 in new funding under the Australian Government's Jobs Fund will create jobs for local people and conserve Mulberry Hill for future generations. In addition, our local businesses will also have an opportunity to supply the materials and services needed to support
"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 (Victoria) is to be congratulated for their work to conserve Mulberry Hill."
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