Burnie City Council has been awarded a $7000 Federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Pioneer Village Museum.

Established in 1970, the Museum’s collections illustrate the history and culture of Tasmania ’s northwest coast. They include the Fred Reid, Chalk, Winter and Emu Bay Railway Collections, as well as photographs and documents relating to Burnie Port , the AAPM paper mill and the Van Diemens Land Company.

The grant was announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, at the National Library of Australia, Canberra . (Wednesday evening)

A total of $377 865 was distributed to 76 groups from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, recipients are attending a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop being held at the National Library of Australia, the National Archives, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra .

Senator Kemp said the Community Heritage Grants are very important in supporting the effort to preserve our national heritage at the grassroots.

“From Broome to Burnie the grants provide funds and expertise to ensure our national heritage is protected and accessible with the collections remaining in their local context.

“This year sees the Community Heritage Grants program come of age with a stronger emphasis on training, the inclusion of artefacts, and the participation of the National Museum . The program’s maturity and national significance as part of the government’s Strengthening Australian Arts commitment is recognised with an near doubling of grant funding and the raising of the grant ceiling to $10 000,” he said.

2005 is the 12th anniversary of the program. In that time 426 projects throughout Australia have received more than $1.6 million in funding and extensive training opportunities. The grant money is used for collection assessments, preservation surveys, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitisation, and purchasing quality storage material or environmental monitoring equipment.

Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General National Library of Australia , said the Community Heritage Grants demonstrate the commitment of the National Library and all the partner institutions to preserving our heritage, particularly through training.

“It’s about our national institutions coming together to share their expertise which is then taken back to communities throughout Australia . This skills transfer aims to have heritage collections remain in the community and available for the pleasure and research interests of future generations of Australians,” she said.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Film Commission, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

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Burnie City Council received $7000 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Pioneer Village Museum collections including the Fred Reid, Chalk, Winter and Emu Bay Railway Collections, as well as photographs and documents relating to Burnie Port , the AAPM paper mill and the Van Diemens Land Company.

Established in 1970, the Museum’s collections illustrate the history and culture of Tasmania ’s northwest coast.