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A decade of protecting the nation's treasures.

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Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp Minister for the Arts and Sport The Hon. Gary Hardgrave MP Minister for Citizenship and

Multicultural Affairs Minister Assisting the Prime Minister

A decade of protecting the nation's treasures

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, and the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Gary Hardgrave, today announced 50 recipients would receive more than $219,000 through the 2003 Community Heritage Grants.

Senator Kemp said a focus of this year's funding was to preserve nationally significant Australian documentary heritage collections held around the nation.

'Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Community Heritage Grants have contributed more than $1 million to 295 projects across the country,' Senator Kemp said.

'The program provides grants of up to $8,000 to community organisations such as libraries, museums, genealogical and historical societies, ethnic and Indigenous groups,' Mr Hardgrave said.

'The grants assist with the preservation of materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, film/video and oral history recordings.'

The program also provides institutions with professional guidance and assistance not available through other channels.

A diverse range of projects will receive funding including the Toowoomba Local History and Robinson Collection of the Toowoomba City Council, for storage materials and a dehumidifier for the local studies collection. Another project that will receive funding is the rehousing of the Harold Larwood collection held at the Bradman Museum in Bowral, NSW.

The Community Heritage Grants are managed by the National Library of Australia and supported by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and the Australian Film Commission.

A full list of successful applicants is available online from

CANBERRA 12 November 2003

Media contacts: Richard Wise, Senator Kemp's Office, 02 6277 7350 or 0438 204 554 Amanda Lynch, Minister Hardgrave's Office, 0419 123 862