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Funding to help protect Ningaloo National Heritage

The preservation of three of Durack’s historically significant sites on the Ningaloo Coast in the Gascoyne, 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 Federal Government would invest $622,392 in three projects in the Gascoyne to build recognition, management, conservation and public engagement 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 these amazing pieces of our history.

“These projects will ensure the preservation, conservation and management of the protected sites whilst increasing the public’s understanding of, and engagement with them,” Minister Price said.

“Durack has some amazing, unique history going back many thousands of years and I’m pleased funding has been allocated to these worthy projects.”

The three Gascoyne projects are:

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for Monkey Mia rejuvenation - $400,000
    This project will continue the staged rejuvenation of visitor facilities in the Monkey Mia Conservation Park.
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to Develop a humpback whale biodiversity/tourism management program - $80,000
    Develop a wildlife diversity management program for humpback whales with a focus on the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.
  • Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group Inc for reducing run off and silt loads impacting the Shark Bay World Heritage Area – $142,392.

To undertake erosion remediation work after heavy rains and floods on three pastoral leases on the Wooramel River that leads into Shark Bay.

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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