Australia pledges funding for Burmese heritage protection
Zoe Daniel, Rangoon
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has arrived in Burma where he has announced funding and support to protect the heritage of the city of Rangoon.
Senator Carr took a walking tour of Rangoon on Wednesday morning with historian and head of the city's heritage trust, Thant Myint-U.
Australia will make a contribution of a few thousand dollars to help fund the trust and will also cover the cost of seconding an Australian heritage architect to Rangoon for at least a year to advise on heritage protection and development strategies.
The heritage trust says the architecture in the city is uniquely preserved, encompassing colonial buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues and shop houses, all representing the country's diversity.
Senator Carr is expected to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi later today and president Thein Sein on Thursday.