Parkes Shire Council is inviting owners and leasees of significant land and buildings to apply for dollar for dollar matched funding under their Local Heritage Fund Program. Council’s Heritage Committee Chair, Cr Alan Ward said since the program was implemented in 2000 it has achieved great results. “The program has successfully delivered 69 heritage projects valued at more than $400,000 with $133,000 provided through local heritage funding.”
“A number of significant heritage places and items have been restored including the Old Post Office building, St George’s Anglican Church, Trundle Hotel, Bogan Gate Uniting Church and Peak Hill and Trundle Main Streets,” Cr Ward said.
Last financial year, Council’s Local Heritage Program successfully completed more than $58,000 worth of heritage projects. More than $41,000 was contributed by the applicants with $17,000 provided through local heritage funding.
Work included the repair and repointing of a brick wall at the Parkes Old Post Office, the reinstatement and repainting of Balmoral House, the reinstatement of the bar and pressed metal ceiling at Peak Hill’s Carrington Hotel, and the repainting of the Tullamore Hotel in period style colours. Applications for the 2016/17 Heritage
Fund close on Friday, 26th August 2016. Application forms, conditions and guidelines are available on Council’s website or from Council’s Administration Centre. Council encourages anyone interested in maintaining their heritage building to make an appointment with Council’s Heritage Advisor.
Free professional advice is available to owners who want to renovate or redevelop private homes or commercial buildings. The advice is of a general nature. For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact Council’s Planning & Environment Department on (02) 6861 2373.