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MEDIA RELEASE - Community Heritage collection receives federal funding boost

7 November 2018

The Glenelg Shire Council has received a vital funding boost to help showcase the region’s rich cultural history.

Council has been awarded a $6,000 Federal Community Heritage Grant for a significance assessment of the Cultural Collection, a $6.5 million art and heritage based collection maintained by council. The grant was announced last week at an awards ceremony at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

As a first time recipient of a Community Heritage Grant, Council’s cultural collection officer Trevor Smith also attended a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra to enhance council’s knowledge in arts preservation.

Mr Smith said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Cultural Collection at the grassroots level.

“While the grant provides the funds, the workshop also provided the expertise to help council protect our unique collection and identify ways to make it more accessible,” he said.

“The significance assessment we will be undertaking as a result of this grant will be an important tool in attracting future funding to conserve and maintain the Cultural Collection. It will be a fascinating insight, revealing the significance of the collection in a national arena.”

Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, said the National Library was particularly delighted to receive more than 120 applications from all over the country.

This year, grants worth $367,470 were distributed to 60 community groups and organisations across Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

Community Heritage Grants are managed by the National Library and are funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

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