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Projects celebrating ACT’s role in first moon landing among those to get heritage funding

By Glynis Quinlan 14 September 2018 0

Funding of $28,060 has been granted for a documentary to celebrate the role Honeysuckle Creek played in broadcasting the first images of the moon landing. File photo of the Honeysuckle Creek dish.

Projects celebrating the ACT’s role in the first moon landing in 1969 are among a range of local heritage initiatives to receive funding of more than $363,000 in ACT Heritage Grants Funds.

Among the many other projects to receive funding are a two-kilometre walking trail along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, conservation works for Gungaderra Homestead, the upgrading of the Compton Theatre organ at Albert Hall, and the inspection of the length of Halls Creek for culturally significant artefacts.

ACT Environment and Heritage Minister Mick Gentleman announced the heritage grants during a visit to Gungaderra Homestead in Harrison on Wednesday (12 September).

“Canberra has a fascinating story to tell and I am pleased to see the diverse range of projects covering Aboriginal, natural and built heritage included in this year’s grants program,” Mr Gentleman said.

“There are also some wonderful projects that focus on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and the significant role the ACT played in this historic event.

“It is little known that our very own Tidbinbilla and the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station played a crucial role in broadcasting to the world the first images of Neil Armstrong as he set foot on the moon,” he said.

ACT Environment and Heritage Minister Mick Gentleman announced the heritage grants during a visit to Gungaderra Homestead. Photo: Supplied.

Mr Gentleman said that a total amount of $363,784 has been provided through the grants.

“This includes $98,554 in funding through Community Partnership Projects and an additional $18,784 made available from previously cancelled projects,” he said.

The recipients of funding under the ACT Heritage Grants Program 2018-2019 are:

  • Zsuzsi Soboslay: Tidbinbilla – earth and sky – past-present-future – $37,800 for events and celebrations that reflect on the significance of the first moon walk and of Tidbinbilla and the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station.
  • Red Gadget Films: Satellite to the stars – $31,700 for a documentary film that explores the role of the ACT in the international space program during the 1969 moon landing.
  • Crux Media: Mike Dinn’s front row seat – $28,060 for a documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and the role Honeysuckle Creek played in broadcasting the first images. The documentary will be narrated by charismatic former Deputy Director at Honeysuckle Creek, Mike Dinn.
  • Dr Ursula Frederick: “Promised the moon” exhibition – $7,877 for an art exhibition at the ANU which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and the region’s space heritage.
  • Cuppacumbalong Homestead:  The Ngunnawal Trail – $21,000 for a two-kilometre walking trail along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor from Lanyon Homestead to Cuppacumbalong and the De Salis Cemetery.
  • Community Housing Canberra: Gungaderra Homestead – $5,000 for conservation works to the Gungaderra Homestead in Harrison.
  • Action Heritage: Old Weetangera Road Trail – $19,855 for an active travel interpretive trail closely following the original alignment of the Old Weetangera Road in Belconnen, which linked the Yass-Queanbeyan Road to the Murrumbidgee in the 1800s.
  • Institution of Engineers: Engineering heritage self-guided north-side tour brochure – $2,500 for complementing last year’s southside project. The tour will form part of the Canberra Tracks network and include a bus tour in the Heritage Festival.
  • Conservation Council ACT Region: Celebrating Kama Nature Reserve and Gungahlin Woodlands – $16,503 for promoting and raising awareness of the natural heritage treasures of the ACT with a focus on Kama Nature Reserve and Gungahlin Woodlands.
  • Ali Wass: Cuppacumbalong Homestead – $25,000 for restoring and upgrading the existing driveway and internal pathways to enable safe access to the gardens and into the homestead.
  • Theatre Organ Society ACT: Upgrades to the Compton Theatre organ – $6,500 for critical upgrades to the Compton Theatre organ at the Albert Hall.
  • Uniflow Power Ltd: Group access at Mugga Mugga Cottage – $12,500 for upgrades to improve group access at Mugga Mugga Cottage.
  • Hall School Museum: AR Canberra Tracks signage – $3,535 for augmented reality additions to six Canberra Tracks heritage signs in the heritage precinct of Hall village.
  • National Trust ACT: Heritage Festival – $12,000 for supporting the annual National Trust Heritage Festival Open Day.
  • Canberra Modern: Canberra Modern Festival – $9,100 for celebrating and promoting conservation of the mid-century heritage of Canberra.
  • Girl Guides NSW/ACT: Conservation management plan implementation – $9,950 for organising, cataloguing and displaying archival records relating to Girl Guiding in the ACT since 1927.
  • Girl Guides NSW/ACT: Oral history project – $9,230 to document the insights and knowledge of women who have made significant contributions to the Girl Guides in the ACT.
  • Hall School Museum: Halls Creek Aboriginal sites zone geomorphology – $7,120 for inspection of the length of Halls Creek for culturally significant artefacts.

For more details about the successful projects, go to: www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage


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