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Cocos (Keeling) Islands receive National Estate Grant from the Federal Government

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R e l e a s eTHE HON ALEX S( Minister for Regional Development, Territories and I 18 March 1998 S23/98


The Territories Minister, Alex Somlyay, said today that he was delighted to hear that a grant of $17,350 will be made available to the Shire of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to assist in the restoration o f significant historical buildings.

"The particular buildings on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands for which heritage funding is to be made available are amongst twenty-nine heritage places throughout Australia to receive grants from the Federal Government under the 1997-98 National Estate Grants Programme. The funding was recently announced by the Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill", Mr Somlyay said.

The restoration programme to benefit from the grant involves the Industrial Precinct on Home Island in the Cocos (Keeling) group. The precinct comprises a store, sheds, workshops, slipway, jetty store and associated structures. These buildings have significant heritage value in the context o f early copra production, including drying, storage and boat transport and maintenance.

"The grant will be used to assist the Shire in developing an appropriate conservation plan for the buildings, as well as providing an incentive to commence some stabilisation work on the copra drying shed, part o f the precinct", Mr Somlyay said.

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

The Member for the Northern Territory. Hon Nick Dondas and Senator Hon Grant Tambling have welcomed the funding to restore these significant structures on Home Island.

Further information: Graeme Hallet (Minister's Office) 02-6277 7060 04/06/1998