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


20 February 1998

Twenty-nine heritage places throughout Australia will be conserved with the help of $920 336 in grants from the Federal Government.

The Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, today announced details of the projects which are being funded under the 1997-98 National Estate Grants Program.

`These places are important parts of our heritage and should be kept for future generations. This funding contributes to their conservation', said Minister Hill.

`The variety of projects demonstrates the diversity of places that make up our National Estate. They range from goldfields to coal mines, from a railway workshop to a brewery, from a kerosene tin house to an entire township, from a kindergarten to an Aboriginal settlement', he said.

Funding will assist in the conservation of heritage places such as:

Other grants announced today will assist indigenous communities to conserve Poonindie Mission in South Australia (the first `native training institution', established in 1850) and to identify significant places in the Mooroopna-Shepparton region of Victoria for conservation and possible listing in the Register of the National Estate.

`One of the features of these projects is their emphasis on community involvement', Minister Hill said.

`The Poonindie project aims to give Aboriginal community members the opportunity to develop skills and experience in conservation work that may be applicable to other built Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal places', he said.

`Another grant will allow the Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative to investigate the history of Aboriginal people in the Mooroopna-Shepparton region after the 1939 Cummeragunja Walk-Off. This will involve documenting the Rumbalara Government Settlement - one of only two Aboriginal housing experiments in Victoria, and the only one where parts of the original settlement are still standing', he said.

The National Estate Grants Program is a Commonwealth Government program that provides financial assistance for projects which identify, document, conserve or educate people about our National Estate. The Program is administered by the Australian Heritage Commission, the Government's adviser on conserving the National Estate.

The Commission also compiles the Register of the National Estate - Australia's premier list of natural and cultural heritage places. The Register of the National Estate Database is now on the Internet and can be found at:

Media Enquiries:
Matt Brown Senator Hill's Office Ph (02) 6277 7640
Henri Salmela Australian Heritage Commission Ph (02) 6217 2112

`Australia's heritage gets a helping hand'


City of Moreland (Vic) $50,000
Brunswick (former Hoffman) brickworks kiln restoration

Greater Bendigo City Council (Vic) $40,000
Bendigo City Hall - structural restoration project

Hobart Discovery Inc (Tas) $40,000
Philip Smith building - conservation

Kingston & Arthurs Vale Historic Area Management Board (KAVHA) (Norfolk Island) $20,000
Longridge - stabilisation of two second settlement buildings

Line of Lode Association Incorporated (NSW) $35,000
Line of Lode, Broken Hill - heritage project

National Trust of Queensland (Qld) $21,700
Venus Battery - stabilising timber structures

National Trust of Australia (WA) $38,000
Goldfields water supply scheme - conservation and interpretation plan

National Trust of Australia (NT) $30,000
Borroloola Police Station - conservation works

Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory $10,000
Ryan Well historic site - conservation and protection works

Port Macquarie Anglican Parish (NSW) $44,250
St Thomas Church, Port Macquarie - pew and wall panelling restoration

Rural City of Murray Bridge (SA) $15,500 (sponsor for Round House Management Committee)
Roundhouse - restoration

Shire of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands $17,350
Significant historical industrial buildings - restoration

National Parks and Wildlife Service (Tas) $30,000
Coalmines historic site - conservation works

Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory $30,000
Historic sites on Cobourg Peninsula, Gurig National Park - conservation plan

University of Western Sydney (NSW) $50,000
Female Orphan School, Rydalmere - archaeological investigation and upgraded conservation plan

Campbelltown Anglican Parish (NSW)
St Peter's Anglican Church, Campbelltown - restoration $40,000

The Corporation of the City Tabernacle (Qld)
City Tabernacle Church - repairs to facade $18,000

The Creche and Kindergarten Association of Qld $29,000
Rosalie Kindergarten - repairs to foundations

Horatio's Preservation Society Inc (Vic) $36,486
Horatio's home - conservation and promotion

National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW $18,000
Hill End - conservation plan preparation for 3 buildings

National Parks and Wildlife Service (Tas) $27,000
Entally House - conservation of Governor's Wing

Old Goulburn Brewery Trustees (NSW) $50,000
Goulburn Brewery - restoration and conservation

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (Tas) $30,000
Launceston Railway Workshops interpretation plan

Rottnest Island Authority (WA) $40,000
Oliver Hill Coastal Artillery Battery - conservation works

Clarence City Council (Tas) $35,000
Richmond cultural resource management plan

National Trust of Australia (NSW) $10,000

Aboriginal interpretation of a historic property

Pt Lincoln Kuju CDEP Inc (SA) $34,250
Poonindie Native Training Institution - conservation

Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative (Vic) $44,250
Rumbalara Post-contact study - "The Flats"

Torres Strait Island Coordinating Council (ICC) $36,550
Torres Strait - managing remote culture landscapes

TOTAL VALUE $920,336

Commonwealth of Australia