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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

National Estate Grants Support Nationally Significant Heritage Projects

27 July 1997

The restoration of Australia's oldest synagogue and work to improve disabled access to National Trust properties are among 17 heritage projects announced today.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says funding of $481 000 from the National Estate Grants Program will support a range of activities to conserve and protect heritage places of national significance.

"The grants will support work to conserve some famous Australian landmarks such as the Eureka Stockade monuments, the Norman Lindsay Gallery in the Blue Mountains and Ayers House, the former home of seven-time South Australian Premier, Sir Henry Ayers.

"A grant of $20 000 will assist the Hobart Hebrew Congregation to carry out urgent restoration work on Australia's oldest synagogue which dates back to 1843.

"With funding of $32 000, the Australian Council of National Trusts will conduct an audit of 20 Trust properties with a view to improving access for people with disabilities.

"The audit will result in guidelines applicable to other heritage places across Australia.

"Five grants, totalling $119 975, will help identify or conserve significant indigenous heritage places, such as the Byrock Rock holes in New South Wales.

"Conservation projects will also be undertaken at Fremantle Prison's Anglican Chapel, the historical Wool Scour at Blackall in Queensland and St Barnabas Chapel on Norfolk Island.

"Heritage registers will be improved through three grants totalling $40 000, including a project by the Art Deco Society to expand the Art Deco Register of Significant Buildings."

The National Estate Grants Program is a Commonwealth program which provides financial support for projects which identify, document, conserve or educate people about Australia's National Estate. The program is administered by the Australian Heritage Commission.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Louisa Eastmead (Australian Heritage Commission) 06 217 2113
27 July 1997

Commonwealth of Australia