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16 October 2009
Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Peter Garrett today announced $13.7 million in Australian Government funding for 63 conservation projects expected to create up to 918 jobs across New South Wales.
The renowned beauty and culture of NSW heritage sites will be further enhanced through as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.
"I am pleased to announce that for example, $917,200 will be used to improve a 45km network of walking tracks through Australia's 'Green Cauldron National Landscape' within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area," Mr Garrett said.
"The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area comprises five major recognised rainforest types in pockets of land in New South Wales and Queensland.
"It is vital that infrastructure projects, such as provision of high standard walking tracks, are undertaken to protect the values of this area and enhance visitors' experiences."
"All projects will provide a range of employment opportunities for local communities with recruitment on some projects to also target local Aboriginal people, providing them with an opportunity to work on country while gaining practical skills," Mr Garrett said.
"It will also provide a boost to local economies with materials for the construction works being sourced from local suppliers. These projects clearly demonstrate how the Government's Jobs Fund is having an immediate impact on local communities by developing skills and enhancing economic opportunities" Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett also announced $852,700 funding for a world-class interpretative display at the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.
"Willandra traces the story of a changing climate that once fostered fertile lake shores and later arid sand dunes, and it reveals Indigenous people's responses to that change," Mr Garrett said.
"Willandra has an exceptional archaeological record of Indigenous people's continuous occupation over the past 50,000 years including artifacts and a set of fossilised human footprints.
"With the Human Fossil Trackway site too delicate for general tourism access, this high quality interactive display will play an important role in raising awareness of the scientific and cultural importance of the region. The display will also tell Willandra's story of human adaptation to climate change on the Australian continent."
Funding of $1 million will also go towards supporting an upgrade of visitor access to the Historic Audley Precinct in Royal National Park. The project will upgrade the precinct's roads, car parks, toilets picnic shelters, barbeque facilities, signage, boat and bicycle leasing facilities, pedestrian linkages and access in the National Heritage-listed area. Of the $650 million Jobs Fund, $60 million was directly 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 part of 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.
A list of projects funded in NSW follows.
Repairs to community research centre and construction of an archive building.
Promote the history of Blacktown CBD through interpretive signs.
Refurbishment of two heritage buildings and repairs to a third historic building.
Broken Hill, NSW
Restoration and repair of the Rabbi's residence of the old Broken Hill Synagogue.
Restoration and preservation of barracks on Camden Airport.
Preservation work at Carcoar Court House.
Lane Cove, NSW
Repointing of stonework at Carisbrook House.
Conservation of: c1871 Bridge View Inn complex; 1875 Catholic Church;
1858 Anglican Church; and 1884 Uniting Church; including roofing repairs, guttering, improving drainage, replacing deteriorated stones and mortar, improving ventilation, removing termite damage, improving toilet facilities, enhancing disabled access, and installing interpretative signage.
Protection and conservation of Coonamble Railway Station building.
Conservation and landscaping works on 13 graves of early Lebanese and Syrian immigrants at Cootamundra cemetery.
Improve and upgrade the property's facilities including conservation works on the significant gardens and buildings, establishing a new visitor entry facility, and providing improved onsite café/restaurant facilities incorporating new visitor amenities.
Repair and renovation work at Museum.
Ganmain, Ardlethan, NSW
Conservation work at Ganmain and Ardlethan community Hall.
Improvement of walking tracks within the national park, improving public accessibility and the protection of natural and cultural heritage.
Gore Hill, NSW
Restoration, repair on Summer House and Robing Room.
Conservation of the major convict built structures on the central section of the Great North Road to prevent further deterioration due to traffic loading and vegetation build-up.
Restoration and preservation of the Old Gundagai Gaol Complex.
Repairs and restoration work to the Gunning Court House.
Improvements to access, including disabled, and display area.
Enhance research facilities and display ability of Camden Haven Historical Society's Museum.
West Kempsey, NSW
Repairs and restoration of Old Fellows Hall.
Repainting the heritage building.
Douglas Park, NSW
Stone conservation works.
Repair work at Molong Museum, including some structural repairs.
Moruya/Bateman's Bay, NSW
Repairs and improvements to upgrade the working and display facilities of the museum.
Re-location (from Parkes) of a granite lathe including the reconstruction of the existing structure that houses the lathe.
Building of trench barrier around building to protect against soil subsidence caused by tree roots.
Neutral Bay, NSW
Painting and external repairs.
Glen Innes, NSW
Reroofing of the museum building which is the original Glen Innes Hospital.
Restore the fabric of the building and interpret the history of the hospital and morgue.
Conservation and refurbishment works of sandstone, timberwork and brickwork, address deficiencies in interpretation, as well as upgrading and streamlining the entrances, offices and function spaces to better utilise and interpret them.
Rebuilding of veranda to Pardy's Mill.
Restoration of Quaama Hall.
Replace the asbestos roof tiles at the Former Fire Station (now the Queanbeyan Visitors Centre).
Conservation, adaptation and interpretive work Old Police Sergeants Residence which houses the Queanbeyan Historical Museum.
Refurbishment of auditorium and related work.
Restoration and repairs to the Ramsay Graveyard and Vault.
Landscaping works to improve the presentation of the heritage site.
Rebuild the stand stone wall supporting the veranda.
Restoration of sheep/poultry pavilion (1868).
Upgrading the precinct's roads, car parks, toilets picnic shelters, barbeque facilities, signage, boat and bicycle leasing facilities, pedestrian linkages and access, prepare and implement the interpretation strategy, and re-use and refurbish the Audley Dance Hall to provide an improved kiosk/café facility and a visitor centre.
Repairs to stonework and landscaping to improve building conservation and presentation.
Stanwell Park, NSW
Replacement of roof, internal wall and installation of disabled access.
Conservation work on St Jerome's Anglican Church including Cawdor Hall.
Conservation work on St John's Anglican Church hall at Camden.
Repointing of brickwork and repairs to roof leaks.
Remedial work to stabilise St Mary's Church - extensive rising damp and other water entry within the fabric of the building.
Installation of new fencing at historic site to improve security and presentation.
Restoration of the stonework of the spire.
Restoration and conservation of Walgett Museum.
Wentworth Falls, NSW
Repaint and repair hall and building incorporating original church.
Wiseman's Ferry, NSW
Restoration of damaged stonework at Wesleyan chapel.
Repair and restoration work including: removal of lead-based paint and repainting; floor repairs; masonry wall repairs; restoration of plasterwork; and provision of electrical and fire services.
Development and installation of an interactive interpretation of Willandra Lakes World Heritage Values.
Conservation of the historic Council's Chambers building, including render repairs, re-guttering, structural repairs to the veranda, cleaning and re-pointing of stonework, repainting, repairing wall cracks, installation of air conditioning, recarpeting, and roof and ceiling repairs.
Repointing of stonework and rewiring.
Repair and restoration of Wongalea School.
Conservation of the Cottage, Kitchen and Privy buildings.
Conservation work undertaken on Wilberforce cemetery.
Restorative repair work on the Main Entrance Façade of Maitland Gaol.
Painting and conservation works to the former Newcastle Police lock- up, the former Newcastle Telegraph Office (former CIB) and the former Public Works Office (and former Newcastle Post Office).
Repair and conservation work at St John's Cathedral Complex, including prevention of water damage and salt damp conservation work.
Renovation of the original Greek art Deco café and the exiting kitchen; relocation of the Bingara Tourist Information Centre to an adjoining shop within the complex; and restoration of the art deco shopfront/