BATHURST Regional Council has received $11,500 in State Government funds to continue its important heritage work.
The Bathurst region funding was among a total of $39,250 recently announced by state member Paul Toole for six successful grant applications across the Bathurst electorate.
Under the Local Government Heritage Advisers stream, Bathurst Regional Council received $6500 along with a further $5000 awarded under the Local Government Local Heritage Places – Small Grants Program.
The $6000 grant will continue funding the existing heritage adviser role employed by council.
The adviser provides expert advice to council and private property owners (free of charge) in relation to heritage related issues.
The $5000 funding will be used in the Local Heritage Fund small grants program run by council.
The program provides small grants to private property owners to maintain and conserve older buildings in the Bathurst region.
Mr Toole said the grants were awarded to help communities and councils protect, value and gather more information about their local heritage.
“Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and local government plays an important role in maintaining heritage at a community level,” Mr Toole said.
“The NSW Government’s Heritage Grant Program is designed to help local communities and councils care for their local heritage and encourage community action on the front line of heritage protection.”