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

Sharryn Jackson MP
Member for Hasluck

$148,000 for Woodbridge conservation work

Joint media Release
1 July 2009

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With a contribution of $148,000 in funding, important conservation works can now begin to improve access for tourist cruises visiting Woodbridge.

Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Federal Member for Hasluck, Sharryn Jackson MP, as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.

"Woodbridge is a place of significant heritage value on the Swan River, with a large two storey dwelling and coach house built in the 1880s. This new funding will repair the jetty so visitors can disembark for a memorable experience of the past," Mr Garrett said.

Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:

Ms Jackson welcomed the announcement, saying, "This is an important investment in our community. Woodbridge is a beautiful spot and this new funding of $148,000 will enable tour operators to again make Woodbridge part of their itinerary when cruising the Swan River. This work will create jobs for local trades-people and local businesses will have an opportunity to supply the materials and services needed to support vital conservation work.

"This funding is especially welcome as repairing the jetty means that this major asset for local tourism can continue to generate jobs and provide an economic stimulus to the region," Ms Jackson said. "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. The National Trust of Australia (WA) is to be congratulated for its work to conserve the Woodbridge river access.

The $60 million initiative 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 $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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