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Katrina welcomes boost to local heritage protection

Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed $28.5 million in new heritage funding from the NSW Government, and is encouraging local residents to put the Cootamundra electorate’s heritage treasures forward for support.

Under the new Heritage Near Me initiative, the NSW Government will fund a Heritage Roadshow team of experts and a series of grants.

“The Heritage Activation Grants Program, the Local Heritage Community and Local Government Grants Program and the Heritage Green Energy Grants Program are also part of this great package from the NSW Government to support local heritage,” Katrina said.

“I encourage members of our local community to apply for grant funding under this initiative and to call for a visit to the electorate from the new Heritage Roadshow team so we can further discover and celebrate the links to our past.

“The Heritage Roadshow team will be made up of eight specialists who will visit local areas to record historical information, support the community to protect important places and help local councils improve skills among their heritage staff.

“The team will work with local communities by assisting with technical advice; leveraging public and private investment in heritage items; and assisting local councils to identify, manage and protect local heritage.

“The Office of Environment and Heritage will work with local councils and communities to determine the best and most effective method to make contact with the Heritage Roadshow team and access their expertise. The team is expected to become active later this year.

“The new Heritage Activation Grants Program will support heritage asset owners such as local councils to reactivate heritage spaces and precincts through works to support public access, ongoing heritage activities and safety improvements.

“There will be funding for minor conservation works and to help provide expert technical advice and service through the Local Heritage Community and Local Government Grants Program, which will help enhance local heritage assets.

“And finally, the Heritage Green Energy Grants Program will support energy efficiency upgrades for businesses using heritage listed buildings.”

“Members of our local community will be able to apply for these grant programs when they come online next year.

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