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Heritage grant awarded to Northern Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Joint Media Release from Minister for the Environment The Hon Sussan Ley MP and Senator The Hon Sarah Henderson


The Morrison Government is supporting eligible land-owners and managers to improve the conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said Parks Victoria was one of 29 successful applicants under the Federal Government’s Heritage Grants Program.

Senator Henderson said she was delighted to see Parks Victoria had been awarded $399,000 for the Northern Castlemaine Diggings conservation, interpretation and access.

“This project will significantly progress implementation of the Heritage Landscape Management Framework for the Northern Constellation of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park,” Senator Henderson said.

“The Northern Constellation comprises five gold mining landscapes: Burns Hill, Scotchman’s and Specimen Gullies, Garfield and Nimrod, plus important sites at Forest Creek, Pennyweight Flat Cemetery Expedition Pass reservoir and the Monster Meeting site at Chewton.

“Through this project, visitors and future generations will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of 19th century life on the Central Victorian goldfields through improved access to key sites, increased awareness and understanding of the diggings and conservation of priority heritage values.

“This Government is committed to ensuring our National Heritage Listed places continue to reflect the richness of our Australian heritage and continue to be recognised for their natural, Indigenous and historic values.”

Minster for the Environment Sussan Ley said under the program, National Heritage Listed places can receive funding to protect and promote their heritage values through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.

“The Australian Government provides up to $5.3 million a year in grants of between $25,000 and $400,000, for projects improving the conservation and protection of National Heritage Listed areas,” Ms Ley said.

“This program helps build a strong sense of identity for many communities at the centre of National Heritage Listed Areas. We want to ensure our places of national and cultural significant value are protected and maintained for their communities and for future generations.”


29 April 2020


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