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Heritage funding to protect Pilbara petrogylphs

The preservation of one of Durack’s historically significant sites in the Pilbara will be strengthened through investment from the Federal Government, ensuring Australians can continue to experience and learn about their nation’s unique heritage.

Minister for the Environment and Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Coalition Government would invest $576,443 in the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara to build recognition, management, conservation and public engagement of Murujuga National Park on the Burrup Peninsula, one of Australia’s iconic National Heritage Listed places.

The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia's outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks.

Minister Price said National Heritage List sites were an integral part of Australia’s identity, telling stories of the moments that made our unique history and she is pleased to see this funding come to Durack for helping preserve and showcase this amazing, unique piece of our history.

“This project will provide a safe viewing platform to showcase the petroglyphs at Murujuga National Park on the Deep Gorge Art Viewing Trail,” Minister Price said.

“It will also fund the employment of a World Heritage Support Officer to assist with the World Heritage nomination for Murujuga that will involve ongoing liaison with many stakeholders, government and the World Heritage Advisor.”

This is the first round delivered under the Australian Heritage Grants Program, announced in the 2018 budget for funding of up to $21.4 million to be made available between 2018-19 to 2021-22, with $5.7 million per annum being provided from 2022-23 onwards.

This funding replaces the previous Protecting National Heritage Sites Program and the National Trusts Partnership Program, and builds on the Government’s commitments to preserve important pieces of Australian history.

Over the last seven years, $36 million has been invested to support the work of owners and managers of historic places and sites on the National Heritage List.

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