$90,000 in heritage grants for Canberra

Michael Reid 12 July 2016
Australian War Memorial

The Federal Government has earmarked almost $90,000 for heritage projects at two of Canberra’s most treasured landmarks, the National War Memorial and the Shine Dome.

The grants were announced on Wednesday by Federal Environment minister Greg Hunt and ACT 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, specifically, the Gallipoli landing in 1915.

The coalition 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 accessed from any internet access point.

Interpretive signage will be developed to describe the building and broader history of the building with visitors.

Seselja said he was pleased the Federal 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,” he said.

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