Townsville maritime heritage project receives funding support

A local maritime project has received funding to help preserve the region’s rich maritime history.

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Townsville Maritime Museum Ltd will receive $5,000 through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme.

 “This funding will provide valuable financial support for an important local project that helps showcase the rich heritage of our region’s maritime history,” Senator Macdonald said.

 The Museum will use the funds to provide professional support for the development of a vessel management plan and interpretation plan for HMAS Townsville, currently located at the Port of Townsville, where it is undergoing preservation treatment. 

 The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (the Scheme), administered by the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), increases understanding and appreciation for the country’s maritime heritage as well as supporting training for those who wish to increase their preservation skills and techniques.

 The Bwgcolman Community School also received funding, for the Palm Island Maritime Heritage Research Project.

 Senator Macdonald said the funding broadens opportunities for local community to understand and experience the region’s unique naval history.

 “Surrounded by water, our country has a rich maritime history, and it is important we celebrate this by conserving historical collections and objects,” Senator Macdonald said.

 The Turnbull Government will provide $125,000 to support 17 projects and seven internships as part of this round of funding.

 Since 1995, the Scheme has provided more than $1.5million to support 380 projects across the country.

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