$90,000 in Heritage Grants for Canberra


The Turnbull Government will provide close to $90,000 for heritage projects at two of Canberra’s iconic landmarks, the National War Memorial and the Shine Dome.

The grants were announced today by Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Senator Zed Seselja.

Just under $80,000 will go to the National Capital Authority to conserve three World War I memorials on Anzac Parade: the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, Kemal Ataturk Memorial and the New Zealand Memorial.

These memorials all commemorate Australian and New Zealand involvement in World War I and specifically the Gallipoli landing in 1915.

The Turnbull Government will provide a further $10,000 to the Australian Academy of Science to develop a virtual tour and interpretive signage at the Shine Dome.

The Project will develop a full building virtual tour that can be access from any internet access point. Interpretive signage will be developed to describe the building and broader history of the building with visitors.

Senator Seselja said he was pleased that the Turnbull Government was supporting Canberra’s heritage sector and investing in the ACT’s economy.

“Thousands of people come to Canberra each year to visit sites such as the war memorial. This funding will help ensure that visitors continue to engage with our heritage,” Senator Seselja said.

Mr Hunt said the grants would enrich the visitor experience at both of these National Heritage listed sites.

“I am delighted to announce these grants, which will provide a boost to two of Canberra’s premier heritage sites.

“The Turnbull Government understands the importance of our extraordinary natural, indigenous and historic heritage.

“We want to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to visit and enjoy these places. They are extremely important to the local economy in terms of jobs in the tourism sector,” Mr Hunt said.