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

The Hon Lynne Kosky MP
Victorian Minister for Arts

$12.2m heritage investment helps create Victorian jobs

Media release
12 October 2009

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Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, today announced $12.2 million of federal funding for a raft of heritage conservation projects around Victoria including $2 million for important conservation work at Melbourne's World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building.

These projects are expected to create around 722 jobs as part of the Australian Government's $650 million Jobs Fund.

"The Royal Exhibition Building is one of Victoria's major tourist attractions with 335,000 visitors over 2007 and 2008. These people visited to gain a greater understanding of the building's importance not only as the site of the first Commonwealth Parliament, but as the only 19th Century grand exhibition building in the world to remain in use for its original purpose - the global sharing of goods, technologies, values and ideas," Mr Garrett said.

"As with many much-loved heritage sites, visitor traffic is taking its toll. It is critical that we act to conserve the high impact areas of the building and ensure it continues to hold its universal values while contributing to the tourism economy."

Victorian Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said the Brumby Labor Government would contribute an additional $1 million towards the conservation work at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.

"The buildings and surrounding Carlton Gardens are truly a legacy of Melbourne and Australian history," Ms Kosky said.

"In 1901, the first Parliament of Australia sat in the Royal Exhibition Buildings which later became the home of the Victorian Parliament for the next 27 years.

"I welcome the commitment pledged today by the Rudd Government and the total funding allocation will secure the Royal Exhibition Buildings for another generation to come."

Mr Garrett said the funding would be put towards ensuring visitor safety with the building floor to be underpinned, floor timbers to be replaced and heavy exterior doors to be automated.

"This project is not only providing far-reaching benefits by preserving the building's National and World Heritage values and in turn attracting tourists, but in immediate terms Melbourne will benefit from new employment and building material supply opportunities," Mr Garrett said.

Mr Garrett also announced over $1 million for conservation work at Barwon Park in Winchelsea, one of the largest and most significant mansions in Victoria's western district.

"This 42-room bluestone building, built in 1868, has potential as a major tourist and function site once critical repairs are carried out to allow upgrade facilities public access," Mr Garrett said.

"It is fitting that the building's history is brought into the spotlight not only for its cultural prominence as a relic of the squattocracy, but for its serious ecological message - rabbits were first released in Australia from here 150 years ago."

Mr Garrett also announced $513,200 to complete structural repairs, develop new interpretation, and preserve heritage values of buildings at the Yarra Valley's Gulf Station.

"Gulf Station was developed in the 1850s and used as a pastoral property for almost 100 years by the Bell family," Mr Garrett said.
"Today, its farm buildings, equipment and household items provide visitors with important messages about self-sufficient farming in the 1800s," he said.

"In a similar vein, $398,567 will go towards revitalising the Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park at Wodonga to increase the amenities of the site and better reveal the story of the 347,000 migrants who passed through its doors between 1947 and 1971.

"The funding will help the long-term sustainability of the site as a cultural tourism destination through infrastructure work and building protection, ground maintenance, provision of interpretive material and exhibition development."

"Together, these Victorian projects, along with others, will provide long-term employment opportunities and economic stimulus," Mr Garrett said.

Of the $650 million Jobs Fund, $60 million is available for projects relating to Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places.

"This is the largest investment ever made in Australian heritage conservation. It recognizes the crucial role that heritage conservation can and does play in stimulating the economic health of communities and in turn, the nation," Mr Garrett said.

The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part of the Australian Government's Jobs and Training Compact.

The project announcements are part of the second round of the Jobs Fund heritage initiative, with $12.7 million already allocated in round one to more than 30 heritage conservation projects around Australia. Further announcements will be made in the following weeks about other Jobs Fund heritage projects around Australia. A list of projects funded in Victoria follows.

Projects funded in Victoria

Andersons mill flume and water wheel conservation works

Smeaton, Victoria
Painting the flume and waterwheel at Andersons Mill, a heritage site and tourist attraction.

Ballam Park homestead

Frankston, Victoria
Stormwater harvesting and reuse project.

Barwon Park conservation, repairs and visitor facilities upgrade

Winchelsea, Victoria
Restoration and repairs to the 42-room bluestone Barwon Park, one of the largest and most significant mansions in the Western District of Victoria. The work will include upgrading the kitchen to commercial standard to enhance visitor use.

Bataluk cultural trail upgrade

Sale, Victoria
Upgrade the existing Bataluk Cultural Trail

Bendigo Tramways depot development

Bendigo, Victoria
Conserve and interpret Bendigo's heritage listed 1903 tramways depot, including OHS works and improve access for visitors to safely tour through the depot.
Bendigo Tramways operates daily on the streets of Bendigo, and the workshops provide advice and turn out new and rebuild heritage rail equipment for Bendigo, other Australian operators and collectors, and overseas clients.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park revitalisation project

Bonegilla, Victoria
The project involves employing a full time coordinator who will be responsible for the promotion and long term sustainability of Bonegilla Migrant Centre as cultural tourism destination and ensure appropriate works are undertaken to preserve and enhance the site.

Brunswick bell tower and church fabric works

City of Moreland, Victoria
Stabilise the bell tower and provide better access to church

Castlemaine Former Court House and Archives Restoration and Preservation

Castlemaine, Victoria
Restoration and repairs to the Court House and the construction of a purpose built, secure and fire resistant archival storage facility

Coolart Wetlands and homestead heritage building repairs

Somers, Victoria
Repairs to homestead

Doncaster Hill Interpretation Project

Doncaster, Victoria
Interpreting the history of Doncaster Hill by construction of soundposts

Dunkeld Museum restoration

Dunkeld, Victoria
Renovation of the Dunkeld Museum including: replacement of roof, creating an airlock at the entry, and provision of a tank system

Eaglehawk Court House repair and refurbishment

Eaglehawk, Victoria
Repair internal plasterwork and paint interior

Elizabeth Austin Homes, South Geelong repair and restoration

Geelong, Victoria
Restoration to the Elizabeth Austin Homes, including pointing, wall stabilising and roof restoration. To enable the legacy of philanthropist Elizabeth Austin to continue. The 1886 hall and cottages were left as endowment homes for low income older women.

Former Ballarat Shire offices, Learnmonth conservation and enhancement

Learnmonth, Victoria
Protect, conserve, restore and interpret the former Ballarat Shire offices

Geelong Trades Hall renovations

Geelong, Victoria
Conservation and renovation work at the Trades Hall

Gisborne Court House Precinct restoration and enhancement

Gisborne, Victoria
Conservation of the building and installation of atmospheric control

Gulf Station restoration, interpretation and facilities improvement project

Yarra Glen, Victoria
Repairs to Gulf Station, a historically important, intact early homestead complex constructed in vernacular building styles, and a major reinterpretation program for the homestead and farm surrounds - all part of a larger scheme to reinvigorate the property and enhance its conservation values.

Historic Walhalla Post Office, internal refurbishment and provision of external services

Walhalla, Victoria
Internal refurbishment and service of septic tank, sewer system? in Historic Walhalla Post Office - to allow occupation

Holy Trinity Church restoration of Sunday school and grounds

Coburg, Victoria
Restoration of the blue stone school building

Inverloch rocket shed

Inverloch, Victoria
Restore the rocket shed and install interpretive displays

La Trobe Cottage essential repair work and specialist interpretive work

Melbourne, Victoria
La Trobe's Cottage is the historic centrepiece of Melbourne's earliest settlement. The project involves essential repairs and provision of interpretive elements as part of a new plan to promote and develop this important heritage site. The project aims to employ students and tradespeople who struggle to find initial employment or provide practice using rare craft skills.

Little Bendigo Primary School heritage building restoration and maintenance

Nerrina, Victoria
Exterior paint stripping and repainting, brick and stone wall cleaning and roof repairs

Loveridge Lookout restoration

Anglesea, Victoria
Conserve and restore Loveridge Lookout

Maldon Museum & Archives

Maldon, Victoria
Building conservation works

Mallacoota Historical Society Bunker

Mallacoota, Victoria
Repair of bunker

Maryborough Outdoor Pool complex - leak eradication project

Maryborough, Victoria
Repair works at Maryborough Outdoor Pool complex - a significant Art Deco structure.

Melbourne Athenaeum restoration

Melbourne, Victoria
The Athenaeum, one of Melbourne's oldest buildings, is an example of architecture associated with the Mechanics Institute movement that played a significant role in developing cities in Britain and Australia in the nineteenth century. The works include repair and upgrade to a 1930s lift, the orchestra pit and other facilities.

Monash Federation Centre window storyboard enhancement

Oakleigh, Victoria
Installation of window screens printed with interpretive material

Murrindini - Dove Cottage Restoration

Alexandra, Victoria
Project Summary: Restoration of cottage for meetings, displays and exhibitions

Newman College: junior common room wing conservation of the facades

Parkville, Victoria
Stonework and window conservation at Newman College, which was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built between 1916 and 1918.
This is the fourth stage in an ongoing program of restoration works to the façade.

Old Goulburn River Bridge restoration

Seymour, Victoria
Restoration of the bridge for pedestrian and cycle use

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum enhancement project

Queenscliffe, Victoria
Improve visitor accessibility and interpret the site

Royal Exhibition Building restoration

Carlton, Victoria
Upgrade the fire suppression system for the Royal Exhibition Building, one of only two Australian buildings included in the World Heritage List, and conserve high use and high visibility areas of the building.

St Arnaud Museum Renovation Project - Giving Our Past a Future

St Arnaud, Victoria
Renovation of St Arnaud Museum

Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) Drill Hall conservation of heritage window to improve security, interpretation and programming

Melbourne, Victoria
Conservation and repair works at the Drill Hall.

St Mary's Church masonry works

East St Kilda, Victoria
Restoration and refurbishment of stone works to an architecturally significant church

St Paul's Anglican Church completion of restoration works

Camperdown, Victoria
Conservation of stained glass windows and restoration of roof of church

St Peters New slate roof on nave section

Melbourne, Victoria
Installation of slate roof

Villa Alba boudoir restoration

Kew, Victoria
Uncovering the over-painted wall murals using trainee conservators

Villa Alba vestibule restoration

Kew, Victoria
Repair, repainting, conserving vestibule - as part of conservation training for conservators

Walhalla Cemetery conservation

Walhalla, Victoria
Conservation works at the Cemetery

Yackandandah historical railway crane restoration

Yackandandah, Victoria
Reconstruction of historic railway crane

Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent: Conservation and Adaptive Reuse

Conservation of the building, upgrading services and fire safety.
Adaptive reuse will create workshops, retail and studio spaces for artisans and artists in a large heritage building.

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