The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
A new vision for Australia's Heritage
4 November 2013
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Work to instil a new sense of pride and direction in Australia's heritage begins today.
The Australian Government is calling on heritage practitioners and experts across Australia to come forward with their ideas and suggestions for the Australian Heritage Strategy.
The Australian Heritage Strategy will provide a common framework and priorities for Australia's heritage and help ensure our heritage is recognised and protected for future generations.
The Government is committed to re-starting and completing the strategy. Australians who know and champion our heritage are encouraged to participate in the development of the strategy. A draft strategy will released for public comment in Australian Heritage Week next year.
Heritage is central to the Government's Plan for a Cleaner Environment and is a fundamental pillar for the Government's vision for Australia – clean air, clean water, clean land and heritage. Our magnificent Indigenous, natural, early European and contemporary heritage has helped shape our nation and enhances our sense of self. Our heritage is also a major contributor to Australia's attraction as a tourist destination.
The Government's plan is to develop partnerships and provide initiatives that enable practical local actions and solutions to protect and manage heritage places.
We are providing $1.4 million over three years for small scale community heritage projects for the conservation, protection and interpretation of local heritage. Grants of up to $10 000 will be available to local heritage groups and historical societies, commencing in the 2014–15 financial year.
In line with our election commitments, under the Community Heritage and Icons Programme we will invest $1.5 million on vital restoration work at Port Arthur's World Heritage listed penitentiary building, one of Australia's most significant heritage icons.
The Government's Green Army will also play a key role in the protection of our local heritage. The Green Army will make a strong and practical contribution to our heritage. Projects will focus on the conservation and refurbishment of significant local heritage while contributing to a skilled workforce for heritage focussed business and industry.
The completion of the Australian Heritage Strategy is central to our aim to ensure our extraordinary heritage is protected for future generations.
Information about the Government's Australia Heritage Strategy is available at "http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/heritage/australian-heritage-strategy