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Helping to preserve Australia’s maritime heritage

Signage at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station will be updated with the aid of a $6800 grant from the Turnbull Government, announced today by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts and Rick Wilson MP, Member for O’Connor.


The funding, administered through the Government’s Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme, will replace the existing 20-year-old signage and ensure visitors are easily led around the site.

Mr Wilson said he was pleased to announce the Government’s support for such a significant piece of West Australian history.

“The museum’s current signage has been there for two decades and is due for an upgrade,” he said.


“This grant will fund the final design work and production of the signs, which will help visitors better interpret the site and ultimately improve their experience.


“This was the last whaling station to operate in Australia and it’s incredibly important to preserve the objects, places and people that tell the story of our maritime history.”

Minister Fifield said the Turnbull Government would provide $125,000 funding for the MMAPSS to help preserve Australia’s maritime heritage.

“The scheme includes a wide range of support and advice for organisations about how to care for significant objects and protect Australia’s maritime heritage,” said Minister Fifield.

The 2016-17 funding round will support a total of 22 projects and three internships. The Australian National Maritime Museum will also provide in-kind support through expertise and advice to an additional four projects.

The MMAPSS provides funding to cultural institutions and community groups across Australia through grants and internships to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance.

The scheme offers grants of up to $10,000 and internships of up to $3,000 per individual each year.

Since its introduction in 1995, the scheme has provided over $1 million to organisations across Australia, helping them to conserve significant maritime objects, preserve collections, develop exhibitions and education programs, and build staff skills.

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I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.