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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

24 October 2001

Pubs with new cheer

One hundred and sixty Australian pubs are about to share $5 million of conservation funding, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, announced today.

Sharman Stone said that much-needed work to help conserve historic pubs outside capital cities is to be funded under the Commonwealth Government's Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program.

"Many of Australia's older pubs are showing their age and need help to keep them in good condition so that they can serve their communities and visitors well," Sharman Stone said.

"This funding will help modest and grand Australian pubs to undertake costly and often overdue repair work - anything from restoring verandahs and paintwork or restumping foundations to replacing roofing and removing 'ugly' additions."

"These pubs are very much a part of the life and history of their communities. Many have more intimate tales to tell about colourful aspects of the nation's history such as bushrangers, gold rushes, Cobb & Co, drovers, early Chinese miners, churches, shipwrecks and poets.

"They are part of our story as Australians and need to be looked after for the generations ahead. This program is one of the most practical ways of helping to achieve this as it supports the non-glamorous but vital conservation work that many of our pubs have long needed."

Sharman Stone said that the 160 currently licensed historic hotels had been selected for funding from a total of 578 applications. All were required to be more than 50 years old or entered on a Commonwealth, State, Territory, local government or National Trust list for their historical significance and were not to have gaming machines on their premises.

Grants ranged in size from $5000 to more than $100 000 and would be matched by contributions from the owners of each hotel.

"The Howard Government has recognised the importance of hotels to communities across the country".

* Please find attached a backgrounder on the successful hotels.

Simon Frost 0419 495 468
October 24, 2001

Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program

New South Wales

Highlights of the 12 successful NSW applications include:

Other successful NSW hotels are:

Northern Territory

One successful NT applicant:


Highlights of the 24 successful Queensland applications include:

Other successful Queensland hotels are:

South Australia

Highlights of the 14 successful SA applications include:

Other successful South Australian hotels are:


Highlights of the 10 successful Tasmanian applications include:

Other successful Tasmanian hotels are:


Highlights of the 64 successful Victorian applications include:

Other successful Victorian hotels are:

Western Australia

Highlights of the 36 successful Western Australian applications include:

Other successful Western Australian hotels are:

Commonwealth of Australia