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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

2 November 2001

New Funding for Bendigo Heritage Conservation

Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo will benefit from $105,000 in funding from the Federal Government's Cultural Heritage Projects Program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone, has announced.

The grant will be used for a range of heritage conservation works that will add to the experience of a 'bygone era' for the thousands of visitors to the mine each year. These include producing industry standard geological maps of the underground mine area, conservation of the iron roofing, repainting and recoating of the mine's timber decks and dismantling and repairing the iron smoke stack.

"The Central Deborah Gold Mine is a Bendigo landmark and forms part of the richest goldfields in Eastern Australia", Sharman Stone said.

"The Mine has become a significant tourist destination since it was closed in 1954 after producing 928 tonnes of gold. This announcement demonstrates the Howard Government's commitment to preserving the history of our rural and regional landmarks".

$3.5 million will be spent under the Cultural Heritage Projects Program to support heritage conservation and interpretation across Australia, with the grant for the Central Deborah one of the largest.

"This program helps to conserve our rich heritage in a number of practical ways. By conserving places of historical and cultural significance like the Central Deborah Gold Mine, we are increasing public awareness of our national treasures", Sharman Stone said.

"Over 700,000 kilograms of gold were mined at Bendigo and I know that the $105,000 provided by the Howard Government will add to the excitement and feel of what life was like for miners in the years gone by, with flow on benefits to the local community and tourist operators".

The CHPP is open to not-for-profit and community groups, local government bodies and private owners of heritage properties. Properties eligible for funding relate to the conservation of nationally significant places listed on either the Commonwealth or a State heritage register.

Simon Frost 0419 495 468
November 2, 2001

Commonwealth of Australia