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

Senator Dana Wortley
Senator for South Australia

$350,000 for South Australian heritage projects

Joint media release
19 June 2009

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The Wellington Courthouse, Collingrove Homestead and Naracoorte Mill will all benefit from important conservation works, thanks to a $350,000 injection of funds announced today.

The funding was announced by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and Senator for South Australia, Dana Wortley, as part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund.

“$250,000 will go to the Collingrove Homestead - a grand 1850s country house close to South Australia’s world famous Barossa Valley. The conservation works announced today will help preserve this historic site and ensure that locals and visitors can continue to admire a fine example of 19th century Australian architecture,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:

“$100,000 will support works at the Wellington Courthouse. The complex housed a courthouse, a police station, stables, stores and accommodation facilities, making it rich in heritage values,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Garrett said activities funded through the project will include:

“$50,000 will enable work to reduce salt damp as well as repairs to weatherboards and window frames as well as other repairs at the Naracoorte Flour Mill. The Mill was built in 1870 and powered by water from the nearby creek. It is now home to the award winning Sheep's Back Wool Museum and in need of some labour-intensive conservation work,” Mr Garrett said.

Senator Wortley welcomed the announcement, saying, “These three important heritage conservation investments will support jobs by employing highly skilled tradespeople to undertake necessary conservation works at three sites that each tell their own special story about South Australia’s history.

“The Jobs Fund is an important part of the Government’s commitment to support local jobs. The $650 million Jobs Fund includes $60 million for projects related to Australia’s historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places and the National Trust of Australia (SA) is to be congratulated for their work to conserve the Wellington Courthouse.”

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

Funding previously announced for heritage projects includes $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.

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