Funding to protect and preserve heritage
Two local organisations will receive $34,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.
The announcement marks this year’s Australian Heritage Festival, which runs until 21 May.
“As one of the oldest settlements in Australia, looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and communities play an important role in maintaining and promoting local heritage,” Mrs Williams said.
“Our local heritage speaks to our history so it is important to protect, promote and celebrate it.
“The Port Macquarie Historical Society was been awarded $10,000 to enable the Society to complete a review of the Museum’s Conservation Management Plan including the preparation of an Archaeological Management Plan.
“Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has been granted $24,000 over two years for a Heritage Advisor and for their Heritage Assistance Fund,” Mrs Williams said.
Councils, Aboriginal organisations, peak heritage organisations and owners of heritage items have been awarded a share of $5.4 million in grant funding as part of the program.
Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said almost 220 grants were awarded across the state in consultation with the NSW Heritage Council.
“These successful grant projects will help to continue to preserve and promote our connection with our past,” Ms Upton said
“I encourage people to use this week to explore their local heritage. There are also a number of National Trust NSW Heritage Festival events running until 21 May for people to attend to celebrate our history.”
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Heritage Act.
For more information about the projects and the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants, see http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/ and to find a National Trust NSW Heritage Festival event, go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/ahf/nsw/.