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21 April 2010
A new Australian Government heritage funding program opens today designed to protect, conserve and maintain places important to our history and heritage.
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, said the National Historic Sites program is a competitive grants program providing a totalling $14.9 million over the next three years for owners and managers of nationally significant historic sites so they can undertake vital work to preserve their properties for future generations.
"Australia’s National Heritage listed sites are the exceptional places that have played a lead role in the development of our nation’s history. They are places that help tell the story of our unique and diverse heritage," Mr Garrett said.
"Places eligible for funding must be listed, or being considered for listing, on Australia’s National Heritage List – the premier heritage list for Australia.
"Other historic sites that may be eligible include significant places on the Commonwealth Heritage List or a state or territory heritage register.
"The types of projects likely to receive funding include building restoration, management planning, landscaping and signage to enhance public understanding and access.
"The Government is committed to protecting our community’s important heritage places as they help us understand and appreciate our past and this new National Historic Sites program is an important mechanism to help us do that.
"As the recent $60 million investment in heritage places through the National Building – Economic Stimulus plan showed, the preservation and protection of our heritage places can also make a significant contribution to local economies providing work opportunities for local tradespeople, artisans and craftspeople who, in turn, pass on their knowledge and expertise to others.
"This is a really exciting opportunity for local groups involved with conserving places eligible for the National Historic Sites program to apply for funds through this terrific new program."
The National Historic Sites program is a competitive program and applications will be assessed by heritage experts. The program was first announced in the 2009-10 Budget.
Applications close 31 May 2010. Program guidelines and the application form are at www.heritage.gov.au