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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
12 July 2006
Hi-tech three-dimensional laser scanning techniques will be used to record detailed images of historic engravings and art sites along the coast of Tasmania as part of an Australian Government programme to protect and promote Indigenous heritage.
Announced today by Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, the 2006-07 Indigenous Heritage Programme will provide $2.96 million for 50 projects throughout the nation.
More than $90,000 will be used to record images of the historic engravings and art sites along the north west and west coasts of Tasmania so they can be better monitored and protected. Some of the unique rock art was vandalised in January this year.
Other projects being funded include:
Senator Campbell said the Australian Government had worked with local communities and traditional owners to identify projects and places needing conservation.
“Australia has a rich and valuable Indigenous heritage and the Government’s Indigenous Heritage Programme is aimed at protecting it for the education and enjoyment of future generations,” he said.
For more information visit www.heritage.gov.au
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902