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Further government funding for Community Heritage project.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 522 Published: 18/10/2001 Title: Further Government funding for Community Heritage Project

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today congratulated the Bega Valley Genealogy Society on receiving funding under the Community Heritage Grants program - a Howard Government funded grant run by the National Library of Australia.

“The Bega Valley Genealogy Society has received $1400 for a Preservation Survey,” Gary Nairn said.

“Many of Australia’s most historically significant documents across the length and breadth of the country will be preserved under this year’s Community Heritage Grants program but we will find it particularly useful in the Bega Valley,” Gary Nairn said.

Australia’s document heritage is vital to understanding the history of our nation. However, irreplaceable records are fast deteriorating. This grant will enable the Bega Valley Genealogy Society to preserve the records which are our community’s heritage,” Mr Nairn said.

Community groups are increasingly recognising the immense value of their documentary collections and are keen to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

“Through the Community Heritage Grants program, the Howard Government recognises the needs of historical and cultural institutions in communities throughout regional, rural and remote Australia,” Gary Nairn said.

The Community Heritage Grants have awarded over $680,000 to historical societies, genealogy societies, local libraries and community history museums since its inception.

The program is delivered in partnership with the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia, and aims to not only fund these community history repositories, but to assist cultural development in local communities. In addition to receiving funding, the recipients also attend a two-day presentation skills workshop focussing on the long term care of their valuable collections.