The Australian Government will provide over $900,000 in support for one of Victoria’s most recognisable National Heritage places – Rippon Lea House and Gardens.
Rippon Lea House and Gardens is one of the 18 National Heritage places to receive project funding under the Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites programme.
The Protecting National Historic Sites programme supports activities that protect, manage, maintain and conserve places listed on the National Heritage List for their historic values and contribute to the management and long-term sustainability of these places.
The Rippon Lea House and Gardens project will create a new community heritage hub and bring to light previously untold stories of the place.
The reinstatement of the workers entrance and the conservation of the house staff areas, garden, and stables will tell the story of those who worked behind the scenes of a ‘great house’.
Rippon Lea’s stables, coach house, conservatory, orchards and kitchen gardens will also undergo work to create the infrastructure for a heritage community hub for artists, exhibitions and other community events.
This new infrastructure will enable the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), the site’s owner and manager, to build on the recent success of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition, to increase visitor numbers, and community engagement with this special place.
I am delighted this project coincides with the National Trusts’ 60th anniversary in Victoria.
The Government recognises the vital role the National Trusts play across Australia in the promotion of our national heritage. Projects, including heritage festivals, Trust News publications, and educational programmes including public and interactive resources, are supported by the Australian Government through the National Trust Partnership Programme.
Further information about Protecting National Historic Sites is available at: www.environment.gov.au/heritage/grants-and-funding/protecting-national-historic-sites