A new round of funding for owners and managers of historic places on Australia’s National Heritage List, including the City of Broken Hill, is now open and eligible groups are encouraged to apply.

“The Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites program helps ensure Australia’s nationally significant historic heritage places are protected and maintained for future generations,” said Minister Hunt.

“Of the 104 places named on Australia’s National Heritage List, 62 are recognised for defining our nation’s historic heritage.”

“They reflect the richness of Australia’s heritage, help build a strong sense of identity and community among Australians, and remind us of our history and who we are. Australia’s Silver City, Broken Hill, is of outstanding heritage value to the nation for the significant role the city and its mining operations have played in Australia’s development towards a modern and prosperous nation.”

“The Protecting National Historic Sites program allows site owners and managers to apply for funding to carry out important conservation work, and activities which will enhance visitor understanding and access to these places, thereby contributing to their long-term sustainability.”

Ms Ley said she was delighted that the City of Broken Hill is now eligible to apply for funding under this program.

“Broken Hill is recognised across Australia for its strong community spirit, the resilience of its people and its isolated location and this extraordinary site has received recognition as an important part of Australia’s cultural history.”

“This is a great opportunity to apply for funding which will assist those who dedicate their time and passion to protecting and maintaining its historic values,” said Ms Ley.

Grants of between $25,000 and $80,000 (GST exclusive) will be made available in 2015-16 to site owners and managers who will undertake activities that protect and maintain the historic values of places listed on Australia’s National Heritage List.

Eligible parties are invited to apply for funding, with applications closing on 25 February 2016.

Further information about Protecting National Historic Sites, including the program guidelines and application form, is available at: www.environment.gov.au/heritage/grants-and-funding/protecting-national-historic-sites.