Funding secured for Italian Community Organisation

The Italian Social Welfare Organisation of Wollongong (ItSoWel) will receive support from the Australian Government under the Your Community Heritage program.

ItSoWel_Funding_for_Website_May_2013.JPGSharon Bird MP, Member for Cunningham was today pleased to announce that ItSoWel would receive $11,000 under the program.

“ItSoWel is a fantastic local organisation that does great work in our community,” Sharon Bird said.

“The Australian Government will be providing $11,000 to allow them to create an avenue through their website for the Italian Community to share their heritage stories.

“This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the history of our Italian community members,” Ms Bird said.

Federal Heritage Minister, Tony Burke said the projects funded by the government’s Your Community Heritage program will help communities to record, protect, share and celebrate their heritage.

“Community heritage is about making sure we preserve the stories of our community which attach to particular places,” Mr Burke said.

“This grant helps preserve and tell the story of the Italian community which is an important part of understanding the history of the Illawarra.

“To really appreciate the story of our country it’s not just the milestones that are in textbooks, it’s the stories that live and breathe in every community.”

The Australian Government is supporting 235 heritage projects around Australia.

Further information about the Your Community Heritage program is available online at www.environment.gov.au/heritage/programs/ych

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