Earlier this year, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) wrote to the owners of places identified as having cultural and heritage significance or contributing to the character of the Shire and invited them to apply for a grant from Council’s Local Heritage Fund.
“These grants are to assist with conservation and restoration work and are allocated based on recommendations provided by Council’s Heritage Advisor, Ray Christison of High Ground Consulting. For this round of funding, priority was given to projects that improve the presentation of buildings in the Quirindi and Werris Creek commercial districts,” said Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope.
At its September Ordinary Meeting, Council adopted the recommendation to disperse $16,000 from the LPSC Local Heritage Fund via the following grants:
- $1,800 for Cottage, 79 Church Lane, Quirindi.
- $3,200 for Historical Cottage and Museum, 42-48 Station St, Quirindi.
- $3,000 for J.H. Purcell Building, 47 Single Street, Werris Creek.
- $4,000 for former Locomotive Hotel building, 25 Davis Street, Currabubula.
- $2,000 for Residence, 70 Hill St, Quirindi.
- $2,000 for Windy Woolshed, Windy Road, Pine Ridge.
“Council has also agreed to waive the associated heritage exemption certificate application fee under Council’s adopted Fees and Charges Policy in respect of these items.
“There is an established budget of $16,000 for the Local Heritage Fund. Because LPSC manages this fund in accordance with requirements of the Heritage Branch Office of Environment and Heritage NSW it is expected Council will be entitled to a grant of $5,500 at the end of the financial year,” he said.
“LPSC provides a free heritage advisory service to owners of older buildings. Council's Heritage Advisor is available to assist with understanding old buildings and to give guidance on how to manage issues associated with these buildings including colour schemes and advice on proposed work. He can be contacted through Council by calling 6746 1755,” he continued.
“Earlier this year Council adopted the LPSC Heritage Strategy 2019-2022. Council acknowledges the importance of and the need to preserve our history and unique heritage where appropriate. The Heritage Strategy and the Heritage Action Plan are important tools, along with the Local Heritage Fund, in achieving this goal,” Councillor Hope concluded.