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NEWS RELEASEParliament House Canberra A C T 2600 Telephone: (062) 7 3 2 1 3 6Telex: 6 2 2 8 6Wsm,gsesĀ»I Federal Minister for I Employment and Industrial RelationsI Ralph Willis MR29 November 1984CEP WORKERS TO UPDATE NATIONAL ESTATE REGISTER272/34THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING $255,784 FOR A SPECIAL PROJECT TO UPDATE THE NATIONAL HERITAGE INVENTORY UNDER THE COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM.DETAILS OF THE PROJECT WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY IN MELBOURNE BY THE FEDERAL MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, MR RALPH WILLIS, WHO HAS APPROVED THE PROJECT UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH ELEMENT OF CEP IN CONJUNCTION WITH MR BARRY COHEN, THE MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT.A TOTAL OF 21 JOBS WILL BE CREATED EACH FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS AND WILL BE LOCATED IN ALL CAPITAL CITIES. WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY.EMPLOYEES WILL BE RECRUITED BY THE CES FROM AMONG THE RANKS OF THE MOST DISADVANTAGED GROUPS IN THE LABOUR MARKET, PARTICULARLY THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED. AT LEAST HALF OF THOSE EMPLOYED WILL BE WOMEN.THE EMPLOYEES WILL FORM PART OF A TEAM TO BE ASSEMBLED AROUND AUSTRALIA AND CO-ORDINATED BY THE AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE COMMISSION. THE TEAM'S TASK WILL BE TO REVIEW AND UPDATE INFORMATION ON PLACES ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE AND TO COMPILE INFORMATION 2-47-100 ON PLACES NOMINATED TO THE REGISTER. Mar 84

MR WILLIS SAID THE INFORMATION GATHERED BY THE TEAM WOULD

ASSIST THE COMMISSION TO REDUCE A BACKLOG OF PLACES

NOMINATED TO THE REGISTER AND HELP TO UPGRADE

DOCUMENTATION ON THE 8,000 PLACES ALREADY LISTED. IT

WOULD INCLUDE PHOTOGRAPHS, PLANS, DESCRIPTIONS, HISTORIES

AND OTHER DATA.

"IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING INFORMATION FOR THE COMMISSION,

THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE FOR

DISADVANTAGED UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE IN AN IMPORTANT NATIONAL

TASK", MR WILLIS SAID.

"EMPLOYEES WILL ATTEND A THREE-DAY TRAINING COURSE IN

CANBERRA CONDUCTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE COMMISSION.

THIS WILL GIVE THEM BASI6 INSTRUCTION ON THE COMMISSION'S

COMPUTERISED DATABASE AND HOW TO GO ABOUT INFORMATION

COLLECTION PROCEDURES.'

THE MINISTERS SAID THE EMPLOYEES WOULD WORK EXTENSIVELY

WITH THE NOMINATORS OF PLACES - THE VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION

ORGANISATIONS LIKE THE NATIONAL TRUSTS AND AUSTRALIAN

CONSERVATION FOUNDATION, AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES.

THEY SAID THE REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE WAS A CRUCIAL

REFERENCE POINT FOR PLANNERS, DEVELOPERS, CONSERVATIONISTS

AND THE MANY PEOPLE ACROSS AUSTRALIA DAILY MAKING DECISIONS

AFFECTING PARTS OF AUSTRALIA'S HERITAGE. RECENTLY THE

REGISTER HAD BEEN FULLY COMPUTERISED AND WITHIN THE

NEXT SIX MONTHS WOULD BE OPERATING AS AN IMPORTANT

NATIONAL DATABASE ON AUSTRALIA'S HERITAGE.

CANBERRA

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