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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Eureka Stockade Monuments Get Helping Hand

27 July 1997

Conservation work on the Eureka Stockade monuments is one of 17 heritage projects to share in funding of $481 000 from the National Estate Grants Program.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says a grant of $38 000 will help the City of Ballarat to conserve the Eureka memorials which are important reminders of the famous rebellion.

"Although the rebellion took place more than 140 years ago, thousands of people flock to the memorials every year to commemorate the anniversary of this influential historical event.

"The memorials commemorate the gold-diggers and soldiers who died as a result of the fighting at the Eureka Stockade on 3 December 1854, during protests against harsh administration on the Victorian goldfields.

"These monuments, along with the Eureka tourist trail and other Eureka projects, help to increase the public awareness of, and appreciation for, the significance of Eureka, so it is important that they be conserved.

"Heritage Victoria also receives a grant of $20 000 to develop uniform standards for the assessment and listing of historic places being considered for addition to heritage registers.

"Other grants I have announced today will support the conservation of well known places like the Norman Lindsay Gallery in the Blue Mountains and Ayers House, the former home of seven-time South Australian Premier, Sir Henry Ayers.

"A grant of $20 000 will assist the Hobart Hebrew Congregation to carry out urgent conservation work on Australia's oldest synagogue which dates back to 1843.

"With a grant of $32 000, the Australian Council of National Trusts will conduct an audit of 20 Trust properties with a view to improving disabled access."

The Eureka Stockade Monuments and the Eureka Rebellion Historical Precinct have been listed in the Register of the National Estate since 1992.

The National Estate Grants Program is a Commonwealth program which provides financial assistance for projects of national importance which identify, document, conserve or educate people about our National Estate. The program is administered by the Australian Heritage Commission.

A list of the projects announced today is attached.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Louisa Eastmead (Australian Heritage Commission) 06 217 2113
27 July 1997

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