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

Warren Snowdon MP
Member for Lingiari

$1.4 million in heritage conservation projects to support NT jobs

Media release
8 October 2009

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Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Peter Garrett today announced $1.4 million in Australian Government funding for heritage projects across the Northern Territory.

Heritage conservation work at three Northern Territory sites is set to stimulate local economies and create 42 jobs thanks as part of the $650 million Jobs Fund.

“Urgent conservation work on the Colonist’s residence and Maid’s Quarters, and adaptive reuse works to the bakery at the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct will now proceed through support of over $730,000,” Mr Garrett said.

“Established in 1877, the Hermannsburg Mission is one of the few surviving and relatively intact denominational evangelical bush missions in Australia and the Colonist’s residence is the oldest surviving residence on site. The Maid’s Quarters also demonstrate some of the early building techniques of the time,” Mr Garrett said.
“This funding will go towards essential conservation work to stabilise the buildings and ensure their long-term future and adaptive reuse.”

Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said a further $200,000 would go towards the repair of the Men’s Museum at Yuendum and $543,500 will help restore the 1935 Timber Creek Police Station.

“The distinctive elevated Timber Creek Police Station is the last of its design still existing in the Territory, and the project to restore and interpret the building is essential.

“Together, these Northern Territory projects will provide a range of opportunities for local communities by providing employment including recruitment targeted at local Indigenous people, and will stimulate the economy of local businesses through material purchases and service provision.

“These projects clearly demonstrate how the Government’s Jobs Fund is having an immediate impact on local communities by developing skills and improving facilities,” Mr Snowdon said.

Of the $650 million Jobs Fund, $60 million is available for projects relating to Australia’s historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places.

“This is the largest investment ever made in Australian heritage conservation. It recognises the crucial role that heritage conservation can and does play in stimulating the economic health of communities and in turn, the nation,” Mr Garrett said.

The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part of the Australian Government’s Jobs and Training Compact.

The project announcements are the second round of the Jobs Fund heritage initiative, with $12.7 million already allocated in round one to more than 30 heritage conservation projects around Australia. Further announcements will be made in the following weeks about other Jobs Fund heritage projects around Australia. A list of projects funded in the Northern Territory follows.

Projects funded in the Northern Territory

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct – urgent works to colonist’s residence and maid’s quarters

Hermannsburg, NT $736,727 Essential conservation work to stabilise the buildings, ensure their long-term retention and adaptive reuse. The work will allow visitors to stay within the Precinct itself

Restoration and interpretation of the 1935 Timber Creek Police Station

Timber Creek, NT $543,500 The project will restore and protect the 19th century police station, the last one of this design still extant in the Northern Territory

Men’s Museum Yuendumu: Restoration

Yuendumu $200,000 Repair, restore and reopen the historic Men’s Museum at Yuendumu, including sealing the building from dust.

Commonwealth of Australia