25 September 2023

Protection program has heritage in its sites

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Twenty-four of the nation’s most cherished heritage sites are to receive support for their maintenance and upkeep under the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Protecting National Historic Sites program.

The sites will share in more than $4.4 million under the program, which is designed for historic sites listed on the National Heritage List.

Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg said the funding would give owners and managers the support they needed to maintain the sites, particularly as they aged, and to share their stories with the community.

Mr Frydenberg said examples of projects funded included the reopening of the roof of the Great Melbourne Telescope, one of the great scientific instruments of the Victorian era; improving access and inclusiveness at Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney; and repairs, replacements and restoration of the Qantas aircraft hangar in Longreach, the birthplace of Australian civil aviation.

He said that over the past six years, $32 million had been allocated to support the work of owners and managers of historic places on the National Heritage List.

“In the recent Budget, a new flagship national heritage program, providing up to $5.3 million in grants each year, was also announced,” Mr Frydenberg said.

The full list of projects to be supported under the program can be accessed on the Department’s website at this PS News link.

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