$248,604 IN GRANTS TO PROTECT LOCAL HERITAGE
Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced that $248,604 in grants to protect local heritage have been received by four local volunteer committees.
The grants awarded under the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me Activation Grants Program, are aimed at conserving and promoting items with local government heritage significance.
“I’m delighted that four local heritage projects have been successful in their grant applications, three projects across the Eurobodalla and one in the Bega Valley are being funded to bring our local heritage to life,” Mr Constance said.
The Eurobodalla region will see the following projects funded:
The Corunna Cemetery Committee has received $11,941 to enable conservation, interpretation and promotion of Corunna Cemetery to enhance visitation of the site.
Moruya and District Historical Society has been granted $40,843 to address access concerns, create an effective space for their collections and provide a better workspace for presentations and education.
Narooma School of Arts and Soldiers War Memorial Hall Inc. have secured yet another grant for $95,820 to further enhance the iconic School of Arts Hall.
Ongoing works at the hall will see facilities upgraded, awnings constructed and a new fire detection system installed.
The Bega Valley will see the following project funded:
Old Bega Hospital Reserve Trust will receive $100,000 to continue restoration and further preparatory work at the Old Bega Hospital.
The Old Bega Hospital was destroyed by fire in 2004, further funds will enable works to forge ahead in the hope of the building being utilised as a community and cultural centre for the Bega Valley once again.
“These grants will help conserve and protect our community’s heritage for future generations.”
Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said 38 projects were awarded a total of $2.6 million in grants.
“This program not only financially helps communities protect their heritage but it also acknowledges and supports the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW,” Mr Speakman said.
For more information on the Heritage Near Me program, including the Heritage Activation Grants Program, visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage/heritage-support.htm. Media Release