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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

7 July 2000


Australia's rich diversity of cultural heritage places - from Indigenous heritage sites through to 19th Century churches - will benefit from Federal Government conservation funding announced today.

The Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill, said today that more than $3 million would be spent to support 44 different heritage conservation projects around Australia. This funding was being made available under a new Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).

"This new program helps Australians to conserve their cultural heritage places in a very practical way," Senator Hill said.

"Funding will enable much-needed heritage work to proceed including stonework conservation, roof restoration and stained glass window preservation through to oral history studies, interpretation projects and developing an Indigenous community archive."

Senator Hill said funding would support important conservation works including:

"Each project will make an important contribution to the improved management and conservation of Australia's overall cultural heritage," Senator Hill said.

"We hope that through conserving these places of cultural significance - both built and Indigenous heritage - we are also increasing public awareness of our national heritage."

The CHPP program is open to not-for-profit and community groups, local government bodies and private owners of heritage properties. Projects eligible for funding relate to the conservation of nationally significant places listed in the Australian Heritage Commission's, Register of the National Estate and the Register's Interim List, or on a State heritage register.

Funding highlights and a list of the 44 projects follow.

July 7, 2000

For information:
Juliana Stackpool, Senator Hill's Office (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 963 919
Alison Archer, Director, Heritage Assistance & Projects Section Department of the Environment and Heritage (02) 6274 2185

Highlights of Cultural Heritage Project Program funding

Conservation work on five historic churches:

Eight Indigenous cultural heritage sites projects:

CHPP PROGRAM FOR 1999 - 2000
Project Title Amount

Collits' Inn Restoration Project, Hartley Vale NSW $165 000
Water Sully Emporium Conservation Works, Broken Hill NSW $120 000
Works to Rainham Bakery, Bathurst NSW $6 000
Interpretation and works to Fort Scratchly, Newcastle East NSW $50 000
Great North Road: Convict Heritage Trail, Sydney to Newcastle NSW $28 330
Conservation Works to Digby's House (Step House), Gladesville NSW $158 500

Conservation of Cascades Probation Station, Koonya TAS $96 400
Deal Island Lightstation Superintendent's Residence Repairs, Kent Group of Islands TAS $57 347
Conservation of Old Hobart Gaol, Hobart TAS $69 000
Conservation of stonework of St Georges Anglican Church, Battery Point TAS $32 200

Conservation Works to Sun Pictures, Broome WA $38 268
Willow Gully Roofing Project, Northampton WA $30 803
Old Quarantine Station, Albany WA $50 100
Conservation of Aboriginal Sites around, Cue WA $29 840
Women's Work: The History of Yandying in the Pilbara - an Indigenous Identification Project, Pilbara WA $49 500
Carnarvon One Mile Jetty Conservation Project, Carnarvon WA $260 000

Conservation of Kalaya Dreaming Site, Port Augusta SA $14 431
Conservation of Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse, Penola SA $15 000
Conservation Works to North Bundaleer Homestead, Jamestown SA $192 200
Preservation of Ram Paddock Gate Site, Leigh Creek South SA $41 500
The Raukkan Community Church Restoration, Raukkan SA $34 860
Marbury School 'Wairoa' Conservation Project - Stage 1 - Civil Works, Aldgate SA $60 000
Ernabella Old Hospital Identification and Management Plan, Pitjantjatjara Lands SA $12 400
Conservation of Indigenous Cultural Places of the SE of SA, Rosetown SA $22 650
Restoration of water tower and goods shed at Riverton Railway Station, Riverton SA $98 000

Conservation of the War Memorial (Cenotaph and Guns), Cairns QLD $56 485
Conservation Works - Blackall Masonic Lodge, Blackall QLD $134 800
Pulu Culture Site Mapping Project, Pulu Islet QLD $56 975
Conservation of Victoria Bridge, Townsville QLD $150 000
Cultural Heritage Survey and documentation of the central Quinkan area, Laura Region QLD $47 977

Point Hicks Lighthouse Restoration Project, Cann River VIC $40 847
Reconstruction of north end of Belmont Homestead, Beaufort VIC $45 900
Stabilisation work to Archbolds Gold Treatment Works, Chewton VIC $137 500
Restoration of Essendon Incinerator Complex, Moonee Ponds VIC $100 000
Thomastown Pioneer Precinct and Conservation Works, Thomastown VIC $70 400
Conservation works to Melbourne Meat Preserving Works, Maribyrnong VIC $59 500
Wesley Church Complex, Melbourne, Conservation Works, Melbourne VIC $200 000
St Mary of the Angels Federation Stained Glass Project, Geelong, VIC $30 000
Conservation works to Bendigo Joss House, Emu Point VIC $102 900
Bonegilla Migrant Centre Conservation Project, Wodonga VIC $97 700
Christ Church Tarraville Restoration Project, Tarraville VIC $90 000

Restoration Works to Barr Residence, Darwin NT $19 785

Adaptive re-use and interpretation works to Kingston Powerhouse, Kingston ACT $75 000
Roof replacement to heritage house, Ainslie ACT $9 000

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