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

$440,000 for historic shipwreck sites

Media release
PG /374
20 November 2009

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Federal Heritage Minister Peter Garrett today announced funding of $439,928 for projects that will protect the nation's underwater cultural heritage. A total of 25 projects across Australia will receive funding under the Historic Shipwrecks Program.

“The Historic Shipwrecks Program provides important financial assistance to state and territory agencies who manage, protect and raise awareness of historic shipwrecks on behalf of the Commonwealth,” Mr Garrett said.

“This annual funding helps protect shipwrecks and their relics and promotes activities which encourage people to visit shipwreck sites and gain a better understanding of conservation issues.

“It also promotes better understanding of the stories associated with the wrecks and gives us a fascinating insight into Australia's significant maritime past and the often treacherous journeys undertaken in the past.”

Projects to receive funding include:

For more information on Australia's shipwreck heritage, visit

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