$12m for Freo Prison conservation

$12m for Freo Jail conservation

A $12.6 million package deal shall be allotted within the state finances to protect and improve one of many state’s “high cultural and tourism belongings”.

The state authorities introduced in a press release immediately that the 2022-23 finances will embody $12.6 million for crucial upkeep and restoration works at choice areas round Fremantle Jail.

The assertion additionally stated the WA authorities is looking for matching funding from its federal counterpart.

The $12.6 million is on high of the state authorities’s 2020 announcement that $1.6 million from the WA Restoration Funds will go in direction of conservation works on the jail.

The location is the one World Heritage listed constructing in WA and lately acquired a gold medal within the Cultural Tourism class within the 2021 Australian Tourism Awards.

“Fremantle Jail is a crucial piece of our state’s heritage that continues to function a singular reminder of our trendy architectural, social and penal historical past,” Heritage minister David Templeman stated.

“In collaboration with the federal authorities, this funding will protect and improve this distinctive Western Australian icon.”

Fremantle Jail additionally acquired $320,000 from the federal authorities’s Australian Heritage Grants 2020-21 program and $91,000 from the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan early final yr.

The $320,000 grant shall be delivered over two years at the side of the Aboriginal Heritage Administration Plan figuring out and guiding the culturally acceptable interpretation of the location’s historical past.

The state authorities beforehand invested greater than $5 million price of initiatives to restore the jail’s primary cell block, restore the Commissariat, and upgraded Foremost Parade Floor and Jail Hospital.

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