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More community funding to protect important heritage places.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Ian Campbell Minister for the Environment and Heritage

C277/06 27 October 2006


Communities wanting to conserve and protect Australia’s important historic heritage places can now apply for assistance through the second round of the $10.5 million National Heritage Investment Initiative, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

“The programme provides $10.5 million over fours years and is one of the practical ways the Australian Government is helping to protect our nation’s important heritage places,” Senator Campbell said.

“Already 18 projects around the country have shared in $3.6 million through the first round of the programme.

“This includes more than $450,000 to conserve and restore the main cell bock in Fremantle Prison. The prison is one of Australia’s most important convict sites and was included in the National Heritage List last year,” Senator Campbell said.

“Projects funded through the programme show how diverse Australia’s heritage is, and how places can help us understand more about the events, people and stories that are part of our national identity.”

Projects funded in Round One included: x $500,000 for works to Brush Farm House, NSW, a 19th century colonial built for explorer Gregory Blaxland.

x $310,000 to support works to the interior of Sydney’s Great Synagogue.

x $454,545 for conservation works on the National Heritage listed Newman College, Vic, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin. x $95,909 to conserve the historic fabric of the National Heritage and World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, where Australia’s first Federal Parliament was opened in 1901. x $72,966 to uncover and restore the rare façade of St Kilda’s Luna Park Carousel organ. x $45,000 for works to the former St Matthews Church, Tasmania, designed by noted convict

architect James Blackburn.

“I am extremely pleased to open the next round of this important programme and encourage anyone involved in protecting our nation’s important historic heritage places to seek further information”.

Nominations are open until 24 November 2006.

For more information on applications go to

Media Contact: Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902