$9 million to protect Australia’s national heritage

$9 million to protect Australia’s national heritage

The historic Bonegilla Migrant Centre outside Wodonga is one of 18 successful projects to share in almost $9 million funding under the Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites programme.

Local MP, Sussan Ley, today confirmed Wodonga City Council will receive $771,000 for significant remedial work to existing huts and the replacement of ‘iconic’ entry steps.

Congratulating Wodonga Council on their successful bid for funding, Ms Ley noted “the Bonegilla Migrant Experience is a key tourist stop for our region, with its preservation not just important to our local economy but equally for thousands of migrant families and their descendants who visit the site each year”.

“Block 19 continues to symbolise an important part of the Border’s history, reminding us who we are today, is very much based on where we have come from”, Ms Ley concluded.

Environment Minister, Greg Hunt congratulated the successful applicants to benefit from grants of up to $1 million to carry out important conservation work and activities to enhance visitor understanding of, and access to, Australia’s National Heritage listed sites.

“The Protecting National Historic Sites programme is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to protecting and maintaining the historic values of places recognised on Australia’s National Heritage List,” Mr Hunt said.

Further information about Protecting National Historic Sites is available here.