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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER

Press Statement No.

Sunday 24 February 1974

NATIONAL ESTATE PROJECTS FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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The Australian Government has offered Western Australia $330,000 this financial year for projects to preserve the National Estate.

The grants are being made to help a wide variety of projects * put forward by the Western.Australian Government on behalf of Government authorities, the National Trust and local government bodies.

In my policy speech in 1972 I stated that in relation to land, an over-riding objective of a Labor Government would be "to preserve and enhance the quality of the national estate". In May 1973 we established a Committee of Inquiry which will soon present its report. '

Both the inquiry and the concept itself have.been welcomed throughout Australia. There is clearly a rapidly growing concern over the pressures that threaten what is best and most valuable in our surroundings. Equally there is a growing sense of the value and beauty of our natural and cultural inheritance.

The Australian Government's introduction of the concept of the National Estate, and its assumption of responsibilities in preserving and enhancing it, represent a turning-point in our national sense of values and in our cultural maturity.

We have a great and varied inheritance to protect and care for. Australia is in many ways unique - in her wildlife and her many natural beauties. Further we are now beginning to recognise the value of the often excellent buildings and historic towns left us by early · '

Australians. · — —

. All these things, and many more, comprise the National Estate,

and to conserve and enhance them will increase our own sense of pride and responsibility as a nation and extend the respect of other peoples. .

I want to pay special tribute to the help and co-operation that my Government has received from the Western Australian Government in -developing the idea of the National Estate. .

, The Western Australian Government arranged for a State Policy Group to be established and this has provided a most useful contact point.

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Actions taken by the State in this way show how the States and the Australian Government can work together in a joint effort to preserve our heritage.

In some cases the funds to be provided to Western Australia this year are by way of assistance towards large projects which have been planned and will be executed by the Western Australian Government.

A large sum is being provided to help with the acquisition of land for park purposes on the south-west coast. Many Perth people use this area for recreation- The Western Australian Government hopes to see a system of parks developed for the benefit of city dwellers

$40,000 is being made available, through the Environmental Protection Authority, for estuarine management studies and associated urgent measures in the Peel Inlet and Hardy Inlet areas.

Several historic towns form part of the man-made heritage of Western Australia. Help will be given to the town of York for development of its special characteristics, to Cossack in the north-west, and Greenough near Geraldton. Funds will be provided

to the Esperance Bay Historical Society to establish a local historic museum.

Fremantle will receive special attention as it is one of the few towns in Australia that retain its historic character and is at the same time a thriving community.

The Australian Government has arranged, through the Cities Commission, to finance an action plan for the preservation of Fremantle. $30,000 has been allocated for this project.

' Funds will also be provided to the National Trust for help in restoration of a number of important projects planned by the Trust.

FOR DETAILS OF THE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED SEE THE ATTACHED LIST.

CANBERRA. A.C.T.

NATIONAL ESTATE GRANTS

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

I. Coastal Park

Grant to the Western Australian Government for assistance with the acquisition of strategic areas of land in the South West Coast Area.

2. Town of York

(a) Allocation to the York Shire Council for planning and landscape control subject to appointment of consultants approved by The National Trust of Australia (W.A.) and the National Estate Committee of Inquiry.

. (b) Allocation to the National Trust for acquisition of land required for landscaped park, incorporating car parking and tourist . reception areas. The land acquired to be

. transferred to the York Shire Council at

the appropriate stage of development of the project subject to the Council entering into a Covenant with the National Trust under the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) ' Act in regard to future use and management.

(c) Allocation to the National Trust for acquisition of land and buildings including part of Balladong Farm. The latter to be x\ x later transferred to York Shire Council or

the Western Australian Museum subject to the transferee entering into a Covenant with the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act in regard to future use and management.

3. Cossack '

Allocation to the Western Australian Government to secure historic buildings complex against damage by vandalism and for urgent restoration work essential to arrest dilapidation; the works to be carried out in consultation w i t h '

the National Trust.

4. "Blytheswood", Pinjarra

Allocation to the National Trust for urgent initial restoration work on its freehold property (an historic farmhouse).

5. "Blechynden", Bridgetown

' Allocation to National Trust for urgent work on portion of its freehold property to secure . it against damage by vandalism.

6. Greenough (near Geraldton)

(a) Allocation to Greenough Shire Council for planning, architectural, landscaping and other consultancy work subject to the appointment of consultants being . approved by the National Trust and The

National Estate, Committee of Inquiry.

(b) Allocation to the National Trust for acquisition of land and buildings and urgent restoration work in consultation with Greenough Shire Council.

7. Mangowine Inn and Gaol, Nungarin

Wyening Winery, Calingiri

Allocation to the National Trust for urgent restoration work, including weatherproofing, of these freehold properties owned by the Trust.

8. Municipal Museum, Esperance

Allocation .to the Esperance Bay Historical Society to restore iron roofing and walls of former railway goods shed with unique architectural features for establishment of

local historical museum; the work to be carried out in consultation with the National- Trust.

9. Toodyay '

Allocation to Toodyay Shire Council for urgent restoration of buildings to arrest dilapidation; the buildings to be selected and work carried out in consultation with the National Trust; property owners to be required to enter into a '

covenant with the National Trust under the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act in regard to future use and management.

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Fremantle Study

Grant to the City of Fre,|mantle for assistance with further studies of the historic buildings _ · " ' ■ and future developments in the city centre with a view to preparing a suitable town development

plan and drawing up recommendations on appropriate legislative amendments and criteria.■

Weed Clearing from Peel Inlet and Studies of Eutrophication in several Estuarine Areas

Grant to the Western Australian Government for assistance with the clearing of estuarine weed growth from Peel Inlet and the conduct of studies

of the eutrophication of Peel Inlet and other estuarine areas.

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