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The Hon. Peter Garrett MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Annette Ellis MP
Member for Canberra

$75,000 to conserve the Tuggeranong Schoolhouse

Joint media release
19 June 2009

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Tuggeranong Schoolhouse, one of the earliest schoolhouses in the south Canberra region, will receive Australian Government funding of $75,000 for urgent restoration works.

Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Federal Member for Canberra, Annette Ellis.

“Tuggeranong Schoolhouse is part of the history of early settlement of our national capital and is representative of rural life in the area during its early days,” Mr Garrett said.

“This significant investment through the AustralianGovernment’s Jobs Fund initiative will ensure that the roof of this historic building is able to be restored to provide all-weather protection for the building and its contents, as well as attend to some urgent internal works.

“This project will ensure that the building remains viable and is able to be used by the community in the future. It will also have an important flow-on effect for the local economy through the creation of employment opportunities in small businesses and specialist trades.

“The Jobs Fund is an important part of the Australian Government’s commitment to provide targeted funding for projects that not only protect and conserve some of our most important heritage places, but also help to generate jobs and provide economic stimulus aroundthe country,” Mr Garrett said.

Ms Ellis welcomed the funding as an important investment in the Tuggeranong community.

“Tuggeranong Schoolhouse is a popular destination for school and community groups. As a result of this important conservation workmore visitors will be able to experience this place and gain an understanding of the early settlement in Canberra,” Ms Ellis said.

“The site is now owned by the ACT Government, and I congratulate them on securing funding that will protect and conserve it for the future.

“The Jobs Fund package will ensure that the ACT Property Group will be able to increase its uses with improved amenities and presentation.”

The $650 million Jobs Fund includes $60 million for projects related to Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places.

The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part of the Government's $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan.

Funding previously announced for heritage projects includes $1.3 million for a major upgrade to the Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, $2.5 million for four Tasmanian convict sites and more than $550,000 to protect and conserve the Cottesloe home of World WarII Prime Minister John Curtin. For more information on Australia’s heritage projects, visit www.heritage.gov.au 

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