Today I am pleased to announce 30 successful applicants who will receive funding under the Australian Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants Programme.
Historical societies, Indigenous groups, National Trusts, and 'Friends-of' groups will receive grants of up to $10,000 for projects to promote community participation and raise awareness of places listed on Australia’s National Heritage List.
There are 103 places on Australia’s National Heritage List which are recognised for defining our nation's historic, natural, and Indigenous culture.
These grants are part of a $1.4 million commitment by the Australian Government to provide opportunities for community groups to celebrate places of national significance in their communities which are recognised on Australia's National Heritage List.
The successful projects are from across Australia and cover a wide range of activities that will continue to build the community’s understanding of Australia’s rich and diverse cultural and social history. Some of the projects include:
• developing an interpretive heritage walking trail at the Porongurup National Park, WA, to highlight the park’s geological, cultural and environment importance as a unique environmental biosphere
• bringing to life the forgotten stories of 19th Century staff at Rippon Lea, Melbourne’s most famous mansion and urban estate
• telling the story of a remarkable inland city through the Broken Hill Heritage City Toolkit
• recording stories of Eastern Kuku Yalanji (Bama) people along the Bloomfield Track in the Wet Tropics of Queensland
• filming a play called Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road which captures the stories of officials, convicts and soldiers who helped build this incredible piece of historic infrastructure.
I encourage everyone to visit these sites and learn about the places and stories that are part of our unique and diverse heritage.
Further information about Community Heritage and Icons Grants is available at www.environment.gov.au/community-heritage-icons-grants