Funding boost to protect Parramatta's historic heritage places

Friday, 29 January 2016

A new round of funding for owners and managers of historic places on Australia’s National Heritage List is now open and managers of eligible sites including Old Government House in Parramatta are encouraged to apply.

“The Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites program helps ensure Australia’s nationally significant historic heritage places are protected and maintained for future generations,” said Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP.

“Of the 104 places named on Australia’s National Heritage List, 62 are recognised for defining our nation’s historic heritage.”

“They reflect the richness of Australia’s heritage, help build a strong sense of identity and community among Australians, and remind us of our history and who we are.

“The Protecting National Historic Sites program allows site owners and managers to apply for funding to carry out important conservation work, and activities which will enhance visitor understanding and access to these places, thereby contributing to their long-term sustainability.”

Senator Payne said she was delighted that Old Government House and the Government Domain in Parramatta were eligible to apply for funding under this program.

“This extraordinary site has received recognition as an important part of Western Sydney’s and Australia’s cultural history,” Senator Payne said.

“This is a great opportunity to apply for funding which will assist those who dedicate their time and passion to protecting and maintaining Old Government House’s historic values.”

Grants of between $25,000 and $80,000 (GST exclusive) will be made available in 2015-16 to site owners and managers who will undertake activities that protect and maintain the historic values of places listed on Australia's National Heritage List.

Eligible parties are invited to apply for funding, with applications closing on 25 February 2016.

Previous recipients include:

• the Australian War Memorial (ACT) for reconstruction of the Commemorative Area;
• Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney’s principal convict establishment between 1819 and 1848, for revision of the Conservation Management Plan and work to improve the visitor experience;
• Bonegilla Migrant Camp (Vic), for conservation works including addressing aging electrical infrastructure and a compromised roof and floor structure, and
• The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme (WA) for conservation works to the Number 8 Pump Station and updating interpretation and education material.

Further information about Protecting National Historic Sites, including the program guidelines and application form, is available at: www.environment.gov.au/heritage/grants-and-funding/protecting-national-h....