Heritage properties at Pitt Town, Wilberforce, St Albans, Upper Macdonald, Ebenezer, McGraths Hill, Richmond and Windsor are sharing in $40,000 in local heritage grants from the Local Heritage Assistance Program administered by Hawkesbury City Council.
An iconic heritage slab barn at Pitt Town Bottoms Road, Pitt Town is still standing as restoration work was carried out on the barn before floodwater engulfed the property. Gable ends were repaired and structural repairs included new vertical posts and strengthening of the original framework.
At Wollombi Road, St Albans, a heritage grant will be used to repoint stone walls at First Farm Cottage, while in Moses Street, Windsor, five memorials will be repaired and fixed in the St Matthews Anglican Church graveyard. Other domestic properties will have repairs to fences, a chimney and stone walls.
The 2020/2021 Hawkesbury Local Heritage Assistance Program is funded primarily by Hawkesbury City Council, and also NSW Heritage.
A requirement of the funding is that property owners match or exceed the funding.
Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Patrick Conolly commended the owners and managers of local heritage properties who are looking to protect and conserve the Hawkesbury’s local heritage.
“The program aims to promote awareness and a positive attitude towards heritage and to encourage and assist the conservation and restoration of the Hawkesbury’s significant heritage,” he said.
“The additional funding allocated by Council meant that a record number of applications, 21, could be approved, up from the 15 approvals in the previous financial year.”
He said council’s free Heritage Advisory Service provided valuable advice to owners of heritage listed properties. “The Hawkesbury Heritage Advisory Service continues to go from strength to strength, and is proving to be a useful service for owners of heritage listed properties to receive free advice from a highly experienced heritage architect, whether it is predevelopment application advice, general advice or advice on appropriate maintenance of heritage items.”
Applications for the next round of funding for the Local Heritage Assistance Program will open in late July.
For more information about Council’s Heritage Advisory Service, and the Request for Heritage Consultation and Advice Form, visit hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-build/heritage/heritage-in-the-hawkesbury
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