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Preserving Australian heritage.

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Thursday, 16 November 2000


The Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest today congratulated the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement for receiving $3,850 from the Federal Governments Community Heritage Grants Programme.

Mr Forrest said, "The Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement will use this grant to preserve historical documents and prevent them from deteriorating further.

"Swan Hill's and the Pioneer Settlement's documentary heritage is vital to understanding our history. Unfortunately, irreplaceable records are fast deteriorating.

"Its great to see that the Pioneer Settlement recognises the immense value of it's documentary collection and the need for such important documents to be preserved for future generations to enjoy", Mr Forrest said.

Community groups around Australia, including regional libraries, museums and historical societies, received funding to preserve fragile heritage documents.

Over $520,000 has been awarded to 172 different groups since the Community Heritage Grants program commenced in 1994.

Projects include copying photographs to more stable formats, preservation surveys and conservation treatment for frail books and manuscripts as well as the purchase of expensive archival storage materials.