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Joint media release
19 June 2009
With an Australian Government investment of $32,500 important conservation and repair works will help restore Darwin's Audit House Heritage Gardens.
Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Federal Member for Solomon, Damian Hale, as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.
“Audit House was originally built for the Commonwealth Auditor in the 1930s and is an integral part of Darwin's heritage precinct. This new funding recognises its significant heritage values, especially its gardens,” Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:
Mr Hale welcomed the funding, saying, “This is an important investment in Darwin's heritage precinct. This funding of $32,500 will restore and upgrade the gardens and encourage more visitors to Darwin to visit Audit House. This work will create jobs for local trades-people and local businesses will have an opportunity to supply the materials and services needed to support this preservation work.
“This funding is especially welcome as it will boost local tourism which in turn generates jobs and provides an economic stimulus to the region,” Mr Hale said.
“The Jobs Fund is an important part of the Government's commitment to support local jobs. The $650 million Jobs Fundincludes $60 million for projects related to Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places and the National Trust of Australia (NT) is to be congratulated for their work to preserve the Audit House Gardens.”
The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part ofthe Government's $42 billion National Building - Economic Stimulus Plan.
Funding previously announced for heritage projects includes more than $700,000 to be provided for three heritage projects at two NT World Heritage Sites: Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks, as well as $2.5 million for four Tasmanian convict sites and more than $550,000 to protect and conserve the Cottesloe home of World War II Prime Minister John Curtin. In addition $2 million has been allocated for conservation works to Old Government House in Parramatta and more than $360,000 for walking and bike trails at Budj Bim in Victoria.
For more information on Australia's heritage projects, visit www.heritage.gov.au