Funding to be offered for historical sites

GROUPS and individuals working to conserve and promote Queensland's heritage-listed places or historic shipwrecks will now be able to apply for State Government funding.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has announced $600,000 to support a range of heritage conservation projects under Round Two of Everyone's Environment grants program.

"The Newman Government wants to acknowledge and support the efforts of groups and individuals working hard to manage, support and interpret heritage sites in Queensland," Mr Powell said.

"Funding of $2000 to $40,000 is available for heritage projects that seek to engage the community in conserving, understanding and appreciating cultural heritage.

"Eligible applicants include non-profit groups or organisations and historical and heritage societies established to conserve or manage heritage places or historic shipwrecks.

"Owners of places in the Queensland Heritage Register, or a local government heritage register, who can demonstrate community benefit and involvement, are also welcome to apply.

"I encourage partnerships between like-minded organisations to develop initiatives that will make a direct contribution to their community.

"Projects that educate Queenslanders and visitors about the state's built heritage and ensure the long term sustainability of these places and support local tourism will be highly regarded."

The special allocation of heritage funding builds on the $3.4 million allocated to 83 successful projects for landscape and habitat conservation which I recently announced under round two of the Everyone's Environment grant program.

"Queensland's cultural heritage places help define what it means to be a Queenslander by contributing to a sense of place and reinforcing our identity," Mr Powell said.

"It is important we promote and protect them for future generations."

The Guidelines and application process are available on the Department of Environment and Heritage

rotection's website www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

Expressions of interest close November 15.