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

Attachment A


27 July 1997
(90/97)

NATIONAL ESTATE GRANTS PROGRAM 1996-97 ROUND 2 APPROVED PROJECTS

STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVED BODIES AND PROJECTS

Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority $33,750
Sponsor for Woolaning Springs Community
Investigation of the archaeological sites in the Finniss/Reynolds/Daly Rivers coastal biogeographical regions
Indigenous: This project will integrate an assessment of archaeological values and indigenous community values in the Finniss/Reynolds/Daly Rivers coastal region, an important biogeographical region of the Northern Territory. It will result in a synthesis of the prehistory of Aboriginal occupation and settlement patterns, make recommendations for the preservation and conservation of important Aboriginal places, and raise awareness of cultural resource management in the indigenous community.

Department of Contract and Management Services, WA $45,000
Anglican Chapel Facade, Fremantle prison - conservation
Historic: Conservation works to the facade of the Anglican Chapel, Fremantle Prison which will stabilise building fabric and prevent damp damaging important convict murals on the interior walls. The Georgian style chapel was built in 1855 and is at the centre of the prison which is a key part of the nineteenth century Fremantle convict establishment.

Heritage Victoria $20,000
Uniform standards for assessment and listing to heritage registers
Historic: Project will contribute to the establishment of national standards for the documentation of historic places being considered for addition to heritage registers and facilitate the accreditation of agencies to undertake assessments. This work has been identified as a key component of the National Heritage Coordination Strategy.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service $8,000
Byrock Rock holes - protection and interpretation program
Indigenous: A cooperative, community based project with the Nulla Nulla Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bourke Shire Council designed to protect, interpret and promote the cultural significance of the Byrock Rock holes. Works will include protective fencing and interpretive signs.

Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service $29,900
Darlington, Maria Island - painting program
Historic: The analysis and painting of previously painted surfaces to buildings within the Darlington area, the main focus of convict settlement on Maria Island. Buildings survive from two phases of convict settlement dating from 1825 to the mid nineteenth century, as well as from settlement associated with later industrial uses of the Island. The project will analyse previous finishes and paint schemes, investigate paint samples and scrapings, and prepare and paint previously painted exterior surfaces in line with conservation best practice. The project will result in the protection of currently exposed heritage fabric at this nationally significant place.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT APPROVED BODIES AND PROJECTS

City of Ballarat $38,000
Eureka Stockade Monuments - conservation
Historic: Conservation of two groups of 19th century memorials relating to the Eureka Stockade: the Eureka Stockade Memorial (c1870) located within Eureka Memorial Park; and the 1856 miners' memorial and 1879 soldiers memorial located within the cemetery. This work will complement other projects under way that are designed to conserve and promote this group of nationally important historic places.

NON-GOVERNMENT APPROVED BODIES AND PROJECTS

Art Deco Society $10,000
Art Deco national register
Historic: This project will restructure and enhance the Art Deco register of buildings. It will include research to extend the current understanding of Art Deco buildings in Australia, assist in the development of criteria for assessing the significance of Art Deco buildings in a national context, and raise awareness through public activities such as open days and exhibitions.

Australian Council of National Trusts $32,000
Access to heritage places for people with disabilities - audit of National Trusts properties
Historic: Undertake a disabled access "audit" of a representative sample of twenty National Trust properties on the Register of the National Estate and make recommendations to improve access for people with disabilities without detracting from the buildings' heritage values. The recommendations will serve as examples of how to achieve a balance between the statutory requirements of building regulations, disabled access and the heritage values of places. The results of the project will be publicised through a series of workshops in capital cities throughout Australia.

Australian National University $42,775
Cultural landscapes of the Clarence
Indigenous: A regional study which takes its starting point in the context of a major stone quarry in the Clarence region. The project will reconstruct a past cultural landscape by drawing together analysis of the 1929 field records of the linguist Gerhardt Laves, a full archaeological field study of the quarry and the documentation of the present values and significance of the sites to local Aboriginal people. The study will further the development of methodologies to link field archaeology and documentary study with community traditions, as well as documenting both individual and complexes of places of potential national estate significance.

Blackall Historical Woolscour Association $33,000
Blackall Historical Woolscour - urgent conservation works Stage 5
Historic: This project will address further urgent conservation works at the 1908 wool scour at Blackall. It involves continued stabilisation, strengthening and reconstruction of decayed trusses, wall framing, flooring and floor framing to the upper wool loft. Completion of this work will extend safe visitor access at this nationally important place.

Church of England on Norfolk Island $38,000
St Barnabas Chapel, Norfolk Island - conservation
Historic: Restoration and conservation of the stained rose window and lancet window designed by internationally important artists William Morris and Edward Burne Jones. This project is part of a major works program being undertaken to conserve the chapel.

Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation $23,450
Documentation of heritage values - Nanydjaka
Indigenous: Integrated study of the Nanydjaka area in Arnhem land which will document oral history, including interactions between Aborigines and Maccassans; collate and review existing cultural, historic and environmental information; assess historic and indigenous heritage values; and produce interpretive materials to facilitate community education and awareness.

Hobart Hebrew Congregation $20,000
Synagogue - conservation works
Historic: Urgent conservation works to Australia's oldest synagogue.

National Trust of Australia (NSW) $36,000
Norman Lindsay Gallery conservation and management plan
Historic: The preparation of a conservation management plan for the Norman Lindsay Gallery, including the extensive grounds, and associated etching studio. The plan will establish conservation policies and strategies which will guide the management of this nationally significant estate.

National Trust of South Australia $50,000
Ayers House - internal decoration, conservation and restoration
Historic: This project will reveal, conserve and restore the original painted decoration of Ayers House, the home of Sir Henry Ayers, seven-times Premier of South Australia.

Royal Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) $10,000
RAIA national register of 20th century significant buildings
Historic: Restructure the existing RAIA register of significant 20th century architecture to facilitate the identification of nationally significant buildings. The project will include research, provision of enhanced search facilities and will contribute to the development of assessment criteria.

Wheatbelt Aboriginal Corporation $12,000
Sponsor for Mogumber Heritage Committee
Moore River Settlement - site works
Indigenous: This project is part of a larger program of works recommended by the NEGP funded Mogumber Management Plan which aims to conserve the mission and promote Aboriginal heritage and tourism. Under this grant a base plan and detailed landscape survey will be prepared to guide the conservation of the former mission site, together with the completion of urgent landscape conservation works.

TOTAL VALUE $481,875

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