Palm Island 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 Bwgcolman Community School on Palm Island will receive $15,000 through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme.

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

 The Palm Island Maritime Heritage Research Project will identity design details of boats traditionally built on Palm Island, and investigate if one of these vessels could be recreated on the Island in the future. It will allow the students of Bwgcolman School to develop research skills and record oral histories, and engage with practical boat building, and learn boat repairs skills.

 The Townsville Maritime Museum also received funding, for a conservation management plan for the HMAS Townsville, which is currently berthed at the Port of Townsville.

 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 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 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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