Malanda group receives grant for Wet Tropics project

The Far North is set to benefit from $11,000 in Turnbull Government funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of places on Australia’s National Heritage List.

 The Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group Inc’s Wet Tropics project is one of 49 projects across the country to receive funding through the 2016-17 rounds of the Protecting National Historic Sites and Community Heritage and Icons Grants programs.

 The Wet Tropics: Introducing Kimberley, the 3D Virtual Reality Tree Kangaroo project will develop a 3D virtual reality wildlife tour educating the public about the Lumholz’s Tree Kangaroo in the Wet Tropics of Queensland, including its habitat and the threats this species is facing.

 “I’m thrilled to see this valuable project receive support and congratulate the Malanda-based Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group Inc on their successful application for funding,” Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said.

 The Turnbull Government awarded more than $1.57 million in funding to community groups, individuals and local governments as well as National Heritage List place site owners and managers.

 “Australia’s National Heritage List is the highest heritage recognition by the Government and we can be deservedly proud of our community’s role in safeguarding such an important part of our nation’s history and heritage. By working together we can help protect the places that are important to our past, present and future,” Senator Macdonald said.

 The National Heritage List now comprises 110 places of outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous significance to Australia. These places define who we are, tell the story of our country’s past, reflect our evolving heritage and where we are going, and showcase our achievements and natural environment.

The Protecting National Historic Sites program helps ensure Australia’s nationally significant historic heritage places are protected and maintained for future generations. The Community Heritage and Icons Grants program funds a range of interpretation, communication and promotion activities that promote community participation and awareness of places listed on Australia’s National Heritage List.

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