Local history will get more protection with the NSW Government set to spend $740,000 in the next year on heritage projects across the state. The grants under the NSW Government Heritage Grants Program will help local communities across NSW get to know, value and care for heritage.

The 2018/2019 grants saw $740,000 awarded to 20 projects statewide across three streams: Aboriginal Heritage, Community Heritage Projects and Local Government Heritage Planning Study. This funding round marks the 40th anniversary of the state-funded heritage grants program.

The NSW Nationals know how important it is to protect and share our rich history, especially as a way to preserve the cultural identity of local communities.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen was delighted his electorate would benefit from $90,000 in grants.

“Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and local communities play an important role in maintaining heritage at a local level,” Mr Johnsen said.

“I am pleased to announce Liverpool Plains Shire will receive $40,000 for a Community Based Heritage Planning Study, Mid Coast Council will receive $10,000 for the Gloucester Heritage Review and the Upper Hunter Shire Council will receive $40,000 for the Upper Hunter Shire Aboriginal Heritage Study.”

For more information about the projects and the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants, see http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding.