The Bena Community Group has secured a Local History Grant worth $7,600 for the publication of the Bena and District History Book and DVD, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced today.
Mr Ryan said the funding would be used to design the book’s layout, pay for printing and distribution costs as well as the production of DVDs containing a digital version of the book.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to the preservation of local history, and grateful for the hours contributed by historical societies and community groups in achieving that goal,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Bena Community Group has already produced a manuscript with the aid of a Local History Grant it received in 2006–2007, with this year’s funding enabling the group to complete this worthwhile project.”
Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said 58 Victorian community groups would undertake important local history projects this year thanks to more than $340,000 in grants through the Local History Grants program.
The projects include writing and publishing books, developing displays and exhibitions, oral histories, heritage trails and multimedia projects.
“The Victoria of today has been shaped by the aspirations and actions of millions of people and groups with a range of backgrounds – all with a fascinating story to share,” Mr Baillieu said.
“These community-based projects are driven by volunteers, whether through historical societies, community museums, cultural centres or primary schools. These groups work hard to gather and preserve historical materials and memories, and are passionate about telling their local stories.”
A full list of grant recipients is available on Public Record Office Victoria’s website www.prov.vic.gov.au.
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Peter Ryan MLA
Member for Gippsland South | Deputy Premier
Minister for State Development | Minister for Regional and Rural Development