Special Heritage Fund 2018-19 recipients announced

Published on 11 October 2018

St Gregory's Catholic Church

Council has allocated funding under the Special Heritage Fund for 2018-19.

“Council continues to invest in restoring and maintaining our heritage with both the Special Heritage Fund and the Local Heritage Places Fund,” Queanbeyan-Palerang Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

“The Special Heritage Fund is specifically for public buildings like churches or buildings managed by community organisations, rather than privately owned buildings, and it is great to announce the successful applications for 2018-19.”

This year, seven applications were received and the total request for funds exceeded the $150,000 available, but nevertheless each applicant has been allocated funding.

In Braidwood, the Braidwood Museum received $11,000 for a conservation management plan which will help them plan for the future conservation, development and interpretation of the site and its collection. St Bede’s School received $20,000 to replace gutters and fascias which are urgently required to stop any further water damage. The Anglican Hall received $15,000 for an electrical upgrade project.

In Queanbeyan, the Queanbeyan RSL Sub Branch received $19,500 for the relocation of the Boer War Memorial, while St Gregory’s Catholic Church received $47,500 for maintenance works.

In Bungendore, St Mary’s Church received $25,000 for paving and drainage works and the CWA Hall received $12,000 for repairs to the building.

The Special Heritage Fund has been established to assist owners of churches and buildings owned or managed by community based “Not for Profit” organisations listed on the heritage schedule of Queanbeyan’s Local Environmental Plan 2012 or the Palerang Local Environmental Plan 2014 to conserve, restore and reuse their properties. Priority is given to projects where there is a clear community or public benefit rather than a private one.