Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment
Government funding for historic ship hull transfer
17 October 2013
The Australian Government has today confirmed it will provide up to $850,000 (GST exclusive) towards the transfer to Australia of the hull of historic vessel City of Adelaide.
The decision to provide funding follows serious consideration of the previous Government's contractual commitment and will cover unpaid invoiced costs related to transporting the clipper ship's hull from the UK to Adelaide.
The grant is being funded from unallocated money within the $4.42 million Protecting National Historic Sites programme.
The Australian Government's offer of funding is subject to Clipper Ship "City of Adelaide" Limited's acceptance that the Australian Government will not provide any further funding to either the Clipper Ship "City of Adelaide" Limited or the historic vessel City of Adelaide and that neither will further funding be sought.
"The City of Adelaide is part of our history and is of significance particularly to the many South Australians whose heritage includes family members first reaching our shores on it," Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Simon Birmingham said today.
"Many South Australians have worked for a long period of time towards bringing the City of Adelaide from Scotland to a new home here and we wish them every success in preserving this historic vessel for South Australians and others into the future."