State Welcomes Commonwealth Grants for Fremantle Prison

  • Fremantle Prison receives two heritage grants worth over $ 400,000
  • Grants fund heritage interpretation and improved accessibility plans
  • Commonwealth funds support $ 5 million in state government projects to support conservation and interpretation at UNESCO World Heritage site
  • The McGowan government has received more than $ 400,000 in Commonwealth Government grants to support the preparation of two key management plans at Fremantle Prison.

    Two grants from the Australian Heritage Grants 2020-21 program were announced last month.

    A $ 320,000 grant will fund the development of a dedicated heritage interpretation strategy for the prison, undertaking research and stakeholder engagement to identify and record the cultural values ​​of prison history.

    Delivered over two years, the Indigenous Heritage Management Plan will identify cultural and historical heritage values ​​related to the history of Indigenous displacement and incarceration at Fremantle Prison, and guide the culturally appropriate interpretation of that history to the whole community.

    A second grant of $ 91,000 will be used to prepare an accessibility and inclusion plan in partnership with a range of people who have lived with disabilities. The plan aims to make the site and the services it offers more accessible and inclusive in order to ensure that Fremantle Prison is as welcoming as possible. The plan will be open for community consultation in early 2022.

    The grants follow more than $ 5 million in state government funded projects to repair the main cell block, restore the police station, and fund the modernization and repair of the main parade ground and hospital in the jail.

    As Heritage Minister David Templeman said:

    “We are working to fund conservation work to ensure that Fremantle Prison – one of the most important heritage sites in Australia and the world – remains protected, harnesses its tourism and storytelling potential and opens up more areas. of the prison to discover.

    “Fremantle Prison represents a key part of our social and judicial history and, although it is in the land of Whadjuk, it contains many important stories of people from different groups of indigenous nations who have been incarcerated at the site. .

    “It has a rich and deep history both in its built form and in the development of Fremantle and the State, but also in the revelation of the truth about our past – a history which is part of the path to reconciliation of Western Australia.

    “I congratulate Fremantle Prison for obtaining Commonwealth Grants and look forward to the results they can offer to ensure a better visiting experience for people with disabilities and to share more stories behind the prison walls at through oral histories, recordings and the discovery of hidden stories. ”

    As Simone McGurk, MP for Fremantle said:

    “This funding is a welcome boost for the conservation work of Fremantle Prison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    “This work will complement the more than $ 5 million worth of work undertaken by the McGowan government and help preserve this beautiful place for the future.”

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