Three Canberra based organisations been awarded a 2006 Federal Community Heritage Grants.

Announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, at the National Library of Australia (Wednesday evening), the successful groups are the Planning Institute of Australia, Craft Australia and Canberra Grammar School.

Senator Kemp said significant milestones reached this year indicated the success, popularity and national significance of the program.

“Passing of the $2 million mark, doubling the funding for training grants, and increasing the number of recipients has increased the ability of community groups across the country to preserve Australia’s heritage,” Senator Kemp said at the National Library of Australia tonight.

Senator Kemp announced funding of more than $391,000 for 80 community groups and organisations under the 2006 Community Heritage Grants program.

The groups include museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, art galleries, migrant, Indigenous and religious organisations. Each received funds to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

In addition, recipients attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

Senator Kemp said the program, part of the government’s Strengthening Australian Arts commitment, has surpassed expectations on all levels.

“It has been taken up by community groups throughout Australia ensuring the longevity of nationally significant collections and that the collections stay in the community where they belong,” Senator Kemp said.

“The diversity of the collections chronicle our Australian lives – past and present – including transport, sport, science, industry, Indigenous, education, crafts, migration and religion. They also reflect geographic diversity with collection locations ranging from central business districts of our capital cities to tiny, isolated villages.  All participants and the national institutions are to be congratulated.”

Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General National Library of Australia, said she, along with the other heads of the partner institutions, was immensely proud of the Community Heritage Grants program.

“It demonstrates our truly national commitment to preserving our heritage for the pleasure and research interests of future generations,” she said.

“Over the years hundreds of people involved in nationally significant collections throughout Australia have been given the opportunity to come to Canberra, enhance their skills through the expertise of the Library, the Museum, and the two Archives, and to then take their new knowledge back to their community to ensure the collections are preserved and managed while remaining in a meaningful context.”

2006 is the 13th anniversary of the program. In that time 506 projects throughout Australia have received a total of more than $2 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.

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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2006 Community Heritage Grants


Planning Institute of Australia received $3000 for a preservation survey of the Institute's archival collection of urban and regional planning documents.

The Planning Institute of Australia, formed in 1954, is the peak professional body for urban and regional planners and associated professions in Australia concerned with the built environment. It has around 4600 members with Divisions in every State and Territory and an International Division and in the last few years has been growing by 10% per annum.

Canberra Grammar School received $3200 for a preservation survey of the school’s archives which include various photographic collections, clothing (school uniforms), books, trophies, medals, plans, equipment, ephemera, and audio visual media dating back to 1927. Many prominent Australians were educated at CGS including former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

Canberra Grammar opened as a boarding and day school for boys the day before the opening of Federal Parliament under the leadership of William John Edwards (later Canon). Edwards had originally been appointed Headmaster of the Monaro Grammar School (MGS), Cooma. Understanding the potential of the new Federal Capital and, with the support of the Bishop of Goulburn, he transferred the MGS to Red Hill bringing some 20 boys from MGS to join 43 others.

Craft Australia received $6500 for a significance assessment and a preservation survey of its collection of Australian and international specialist craft books, magazines, journals, exhibition catalogues, conference and other papers as well as a slide collection of professional Australian craft artists.

Craft Australia is the professional association representing Australia’s professional craft, design artists and makers nationally and internationally. It has been celebrating and promoting Australian contemporary craft practice since 1971. As the peak industry body for the professional contemporary craft sector, Craft Australia has responded to changes in the industry and has implemented key strategies to facilitate its growth.