Member for Barker Tony Pasin has announced that the world heritage listed Australian Fossil Mammal Site at Naracoorte will receive $290,000 to improve Heritage Appreciation & Accessibility of the Victoria Fossil Cave.

Mr Pasin said Naracoorte Caves was one of 29 successful applicants under the Federal Government’s Heritage Grants Program.

“I am delighted to see Naracoorte Caves has been awarded this funding to improve the Victoria Fossil Cave experience for visitors,” Mr Pasin said.

The project will upgrade site interpretation using technical innovation to deliver immerse and sensory driven visitor experiences. Visitor impacts on protected areas will be reduced through the use of animated visual sequences and soundscapes developed for use by tour guides which bring mega-fauna and the site’s values to life and ‘out’ from the protected fossil beds ‘into’ the managed visitor areas of Victoria Fossil Cave.

The project will empower visitors to become advocates for the conservation and protection of the Naracoorte Caves precinct and our unique Australian Megafauna.

“This Government is committed to ensuring our National Heritage Listed places continue to reflect the richness of our Australian heritage and continue to be recognised for their natural, Indigenous and historic values.

Under the program, National Heritage Listed places can receive funding to protect and promote their heritage values through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.

“The Australian Government provides up to $5.3 million a year in grants of between $25,000 and $400,000, for projects improving the conservation and protection of National Heritage Listed areas,” Mr Pasin said.

“This program helps build a strong sense of identity for many communities at the centre of National Heritage Listed Areas. We want to ensure our places of national and cultural significant value are protected and maintained for their communities and for future generations.”