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Boost For Antarctic Trust's Restoration Project

18 May 2005

Boost For Antarctic Trust's Restoration Project

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is delighted with the budget announcement of a four fold increase in baseline funding for the Trust, says chairman Rob Fenwick, as it will allow the Trust to get on with its bid to save the huts of the great explorers in the Ross Sea region.

"The Government's baseline funding to cover the Trust's administrative costs means every dollar we raise ourselves can be spent on restoring heritage on the ice," he said.

This year the Trust raised $1M from various philanthropic foundations and individuals principally in UK and US. This money is being spent on the restoration of the first of the Ross Sea buildings in the project - Ernest Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds.

He said the project had received a significant boost recently when patron Sir Ed Hillary had agreed to head a group of eminent persons to get behind the New Zealand Trust's project.

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