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

Heritage conservation supporting Australian jobs

Media release
23 October 2009

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The largest ever investment in Australia's heritage is helping to drive our nation's economic recovery, the Minster for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett said today.

More than 2750 jobs around the country will be either directly created or supported through the $60 million set aside for heritage conservation in the Government's Jobs Fund initiative.

“The figures tell the story of how successful the Jobs Fund initiative has been, with 190 heritage projects funded around the country that will support over 2400 jobs, 230 work experience positions and over 110 traineeships,” Mr Garrett said.

“Around 500 jobs are already being created from the first $6 million provided for heritage conservation in 2008–09.

“In addition 13 of the projects receiving support are either located in Indigenous communities or have a particular focus on Indigenous employment, contributing to the Government's effort to Close the Gap,” Mr Garrett said.

Projects receiving funding included those related to World and National Heritage listed places, National Trust properties and community projects, both large and small, around the country.

Heritage investment through the Jobs Fund for 2008–10 includes:

“By working together we are improving protection for our important heritage places and in turn delivering flow-on employment, skills development and economic benefits to communities all around Australia.

“Our natural and cultural heritage values are important drivers of regional economies. They are the linkages for communities with their history to share and build sustainable livelihoods.

“We've long known our heritage places are important to the well-being of our community as they contribute to our national identity.

“They also contribute to our economic prosperity—particularly our National and World Heritage places—as they are drawcards for both domestic and international tourists and support local businesses and service industries in communities across Australia,” Mr Garrett said.

“The interest in this program has been outstanding. My department received 560 applications, showing the strong community interest in heritage conservation and presentation.”

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.

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