The Ballarat Tramway Museum will receive a $10,000 grant to refurbish the historic number 18 tram under the Coalition’s planned heritage grants program.
Shadow minister for climate action, environment and heritage Greg Hunt yesterday launched the Coalition’s $1.4 million program at Sovereign Hill.
Mr Hunt said the program would support small heritage and historic societies around the country, with at least 100 grants of up to $10,000 each.
“It’s a way of improving our history, capturing our stories, giving young people access to the past and to understand we live in that continuing story,” Mr Hunt said.
If it wins government, funding will also be set aside for Federation of Australian Historical Societies and the Australian Heritage Council.
One of the grants will go towards repainting the Ballarat Tramway Museum’s number 18 tram, which was built 100 years ago.
Ballarat Liberal candidate John Fitzgibbon said he was pleased to be able to pledge money to the museum to continue its work.
“It’s a small group of dedicated volunteers who have created the museum and it has become an iconic part of Ballarat,” he said.
Mr Hunt was also in Ballarat to announce the local “green army” that forms part of the Coalition’s “direct action” environment policy.
The group will look to do revitalisation works in areas around Ballarat, including Yarrowee River, North Gardens Wetlands and Nerrina Wetlands.
Each project will cost $170,000 and will include teams of 10 people who will work for six months.